Chris Sweeney is based in Glasgow where he works as a health visitor. This Christmas, he will be working in Sierra Leone as a nurse on his second mission with MSF. His mission involves working with the under 5s in the clinic as part of a mother and child health programme run by the Ministry of Health.
life in the field
Emily is a project coordinator in North Kivu, a province in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She's part of the emergency response unit, which works fast to respond to the most urgent health needs in the area. Here she blogs about the challenges (and pleasures) of life on the road...
It's the rainy season in South Sudan. Amy blogs . . .
Riak is a supply logistician in South Sudan, a country which has been affected by civil war since 2013. In the town of Bentiu, the UN has established a Protection of Civilians camp for people who have fled the conflict. Riak lives in the camp, and works to ensure that the MSF hospital has the medicines, equipment and other resources needed to provide medical care to thousands of people.
It is a bit like living in student accommodation, only with local staff – the mamas - to do the cooking, cleaning and washing, so at least we do not squabble over whose turn it is to do the washing up.
It’s also a bit like living with your parents – there are rules and restrictions; above all a curfew. In Baraka, if you are on foot, curfew is 6 pm, but you can go out by car to approved places, so long as you are back in the compound by 11pm. Approved places include a nearby bar with music and dancing – MSFers are there on the dancefloor most weekends.
"I was struck by the beauty of this part of Africa and the need to rid this country of the curse of malaria"
I’m sat writing from the capital Bangui waiting for my internal flight back to Zemio. I’ve been a bit silent in the old blogosphere these last three months – a period bookended by two much needed holidays from CAR back to the UK to reconnect with family and friends.
As I mentioned in my previous post, being away for Christmas is going to be hard so I'm taking a bit of it with me.
I've packed a few extra things: Marmite, & coffee pot for espresso always come in handy. Mince pies etc to celebrate Christmas with the team far from home!