CAR: The medicine woman

Riding, traveling, cycling: sporty Austrian pharmacist Irene Breitschopf has many hobbies. So it’s no surprise that she always brings a yoga mat with her wherever she goes. In her first blog post, written during her first assignment with MSF in Central African Republic (CAR), she overcomes culture shock and steps into her role as pharmacy manager.

Facing My Fear

Opening the New Mountain project has kept everyone busy for the past few months in terms of movement, exchanging and training staff, setting up new primary health care units (PHCUs), supplying medical stocks, and following up on activities. The goal for MSF has been to decentralize primary health care into the remotest areas possible. The rationale is to treat people so they can continue to live on rather than wait for them to show up at our doorstep holding on to their last breath.