When Tomas arrived in South Sudan, he found he was missing one bit of surgeon’s kit. Here he explains how the instruments he ordered mainly as a precaution meant the team had a chance to save a young boy’s life.
Report from a logistician turning his skills at the Boost hospital in Afghanistan which is one of the biggest MSF-supported hospital projects in the world: providing surgery, internal medicine, emergency services and intensive care. It also specialises in treating tuberculosis and malnutrition.
"I do not like quiet periods. It means that something is going on. In the ICU three out of the four beds are vacant. The doctors in the emergency room stare at the wall, not a molecule of air is moving in the hospital… It is clear, that something terrible is about to happen!"