Stories From Patients & Staff

15 Mar 2021

After 19 years of active conflict in Afghanistan, people’s humanitarian needs are not being met and women and children are disproportionately affected.

After numerous offensives across the country, fighting took place on the outskirts of the capital, Bangui, on 13 January 2021. 31 year-old France Beldo was shot and wounded—she was taken to SICA Hospital, a surgical trauma facility run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). This is her story, as told through photos.

Charles, Tobeka, Din, Nandita, and baby ‘Janey’. Four of these people have struggled for their lives. One of them has lost her life. All because pharma companies put profits before people.

09 Dec 2020

Dr Madeleine Finney-Brown is an advanced paediatric trainee from Melbourne working in the MSF-run paediatrics department of Aweil Civil Hospital, Aweil, South Sudan. In the first of a three-part blog, Madeleine describes the terrible effects of cerebral malaria in young children during the malaria ‘peak’. 

15 Oct 2020

Staying mentally well is important for everyone, including our staff. They often face pressure from working long hours in emergency or unpredictable settings, and observe high levels of suffering. Whether they are far from home and away from their usual support networks, or working within their own community, they need safe spaces and strategies to stay healthy and well.

08 Oct 2020

For decades, Médecins Sans Frontières has provided comprehensive mental health support to people around the world. From psychological first aid in an emergency setting, to mental health services alongside care for pre-existing conditions, to standalone psychosocial and psychiatric care, here are some of the ways our teams are responding. 

16 Sep 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, the danger of patients waiting too long to seek treatment is all too clear to MSF staff responding to the crisis.

Dr Rachel Lister, an intensive care doctor from New Zealand, spent six weeks working in MSF’s COVID-19 treatment centre in Aden. She highlights three patients' stories that had a profound impact on her during her field placement in Yemen.

31 Jul 2020

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

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.