Stories From Patients & Staff


Al-Hol was once a humanitarian camp, designed to provide safe, temporary accommodation and humanitarian services to people displaced by the conflict in Syria and Iraq. However, the nature of the camp has long deviated from this purpose and it has grown increasingly into an unsafe open-air prison. 

16 Dec 2022

In has been more than three months since devastating floods caused vast damage across Pakistan and displaced millions, but only in recent weeks have waters started to recede and people been able to return home. 

21 Nov 2022

Representatives of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have been participating in the World Climate Conference (COP) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Australian academic Patricia Schwerdtle, lecturer in nursing and midwifery and public health, Monash University has been part of MSF’s team at COP27.

26 Oct 2022

Scarlett Wong is a clinical psychologist from Sydney. Her work with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has taken her to Uganda and Palestine. 

Scarlett featured in webinar with MSF focusing on the role of mental health specialists in overseas projects. If you are a mental health specialist and are interested in joining MSF’s project teams, we encourage you to watch this webinar recording prior to applying. 

Living and learning with epilepsy in Liberia: Peter’s story
13 Oct 2022

When 14-year-old Peter* started having epileptic seizures, a misdiagnosis only made things worse, and his mother feared he wouldn’t be able to return to school. Now on regular treatment, Peter looks forwarding to fulfilling his own dreams for the future, and his mother’s for him. 

Living with epilepsy in Liberia: Mary
12 Oct 2022

When Mary*, a 15-year-old school student in Monrovia, Liberia, started having epileptic seizures last year, it was frightening and confusing for her and everyone around her. The Médecins Sans Frontières-supported epilepsy treatment program at Star of the Sea Health Centre has helped her family and community understand the condition so that Mary can draw on their support to stay in school. 

15 Sep 2022

Akeela, an Outreach Counsellor with MSF since 2020, lived in the village of Mir Gul Hassan Manju Shori Barun Naseerabad which is around 5 kilometres from Dera Murad Jamali (DMJ) in Balochistan, one of the areas hardest hit by monsoon rains and extreme flooding that left one third of Pakistan underwater. After losing her home, she is now responding to the emergency on the front line.

The Rohingya people are considered “stateless” under international law. But what does the term actually mean?

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) humanitarian affairs coordinator Gina Bark explains the concept of statelessness and what that means to an individual.


Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) spoke with five Rohingya people living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to understand how they see their lives five years since being forcibly displaced from Myanmar.

Representing the ages five, 15, 25, 45 and 65, together they span three generations of Rohingya living in the camps.  They are all current or former patients of MSF.

15 Aug 2022

Agy Agy, 28, is a logistics supervisor with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.