Stories From Patients & Staff

31 Jul 2020

Dr Khairil Musa, an intensive care doctor from Sydney, reflects on his time working with MSF in Aden, Yemen

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08 Jul 2020

Across Bangladesh, the number of people suffering from COVID-19 has climbed persistently since March, with more than 149,000 cases reported. 

For patients in the paediatric ward at Goyalmara, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)’s mother and child hospital in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, COVID-19 is causing significant issues with accessing routine health care.

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08 Jul 2020

Mohammad Hashim was the first patient at MSF’s newly opened COVID-19 treatment centre in Gazer Gah hospital in Herat, western Afghanistan. Like many of those in Afghanistan, Mohammed was initially sceptical about the existence of COVID-19. When he first got symptoms, he tried traditional medicine, but as his condition deteriorated, he made the journey to hospital. 

The mental health effects of self-isolation and restricted movement have been widely discussed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. But what if that isolation was not self-imposed—and there was no end in sight?

30 Jun 2020

With the COVID-19 virus only recently emerging, there is limited evidence to tell the story of how women and girls are affected. But what is already known is the life-threatening impact on women and girls when essential sexual and reproductive health services are compromised or denied during a large-scale emergency. 

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The work of our midwives, ensuring high quality care and continuity of care, is too often unsung. On International Day of the Midwife 2020, we recognise their pivotal role.

27 Apr 2020

As novel coronavirus (COVID-19) overwhelms some of the world’s most advanced health systems, our teams are adapting our activities to aid those most at risk.

Surviving lockdown: MSF field workers share their tips

New lockdown and social distancing rules imposed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, mean Australians and New Zealanders are adjusting to a more restricted life. But many Médecins Sans Frontières field workers have already experienced various forms of confinement as they provide medical humanitarian aid in places affected by insecurity, war or outbreaks of disease.

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20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: What is MSF doing?
16 Mar 2020

The COVID-19 epidemic has already spread to more than 100 countries around the world. These include countries whose health systems are fragile and where MSF teams have a long-standing presence, as well as regions such as Europe, where the capacities are more robust but where the epidemic is particularly virulent. Travel restrictions generated by the outbreak also directly affect MSF's work around the world. What questions does MSF face in this context? An interview with Clair Mills, MSF medical director.