mental health

“It is difficult to believe this is Europe”: The mental health crisis in Moria camp

Having fled war, persecution and hardship, thousands of people are now stuck in squalid camps in Greece, unable to leave or to rebuild their lives. In Moria, on the Greek island of Lesvos, mental health needs are now so widespread that only the most severely unwell patients can access care. Liz Clark, a family doctor from the UK, has been on the island since May and shares her experience…

Obstetrics in Nigeria: “The mood in the operating theatre was electrifying”

Obstetric fistulas are injuries that most often occur during childbirth, when a baby gets stuck in the birth canal, causing a hole to develop between the mother’s vagina, and her bladder or rectum. Faeces or urine leak from the fistula constantly, meaning many women with these injuries are shunned by their families and communities. Jared is in Jahun in northern Nigeria, where the MSF / Doctors Without Borders team is working to tackle the problem…

Supporting communities trapped on eastern Ukraine’s frontline

Monika Bregy is MSF’s mental health activity manager in eastern Ukraine. She manages a team of psychologists and translators working in the conflict zone offering vital psychological support to populations living along the frontline. With World Mental Health Day on October 10th, we asked Monika to tell us about the issues people living along or near to the frontline must deal with.