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Dr Stefan Kruger, MSF SA fieldworker and Capetonian, is currently working in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, where he is part of the team tackling the Ebola outbreak affecting the region. Previously Stefan also worked with MSF in South Sudan and Afghanistan.     Because there is no cure for the disease,...
Women and children comprised most of the wounded people arriving on Sunday morning in the emergency room in Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where MSF is working, following heavy shelling overnight and in the morning in the city’s Ash Shuja’iyeh neighbourhood. MSF personnel witnessed hundreds of...
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       Going on Assignment        Living conditions in the field may be        basic, political instability and uncertainty        can be a part of daily life.          General information        What if I am injured or become ill?        How long are MSF missions...
Zani Prinsloo, midwife Afghanistan, Philippines "There is nothing more important than saving mothers and their babies. What you learn through MSF is extraordinary. You learn that everyone, both the international staff and the locals, just want the same thing, and everyone learns from each other...
MSF is working to treat patients and contain the Ebola outbreak that is currently gripping Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa. The number of Ebola  victims continues to increase. There are now 603 deaths and a total of 964 cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 15...
The new face of an old disease: urgent action needed to tackle global drug-resistant TB threat Monday March 24th is World TB day. Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most deadly infectious diseases in the world. Each year TB kills 1.4 million people with nearly another nine million suffering from the...
  Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most deadly infectious diseases in the world. Each year it kills 1.4 million people with nearly another nine million suffering from the disease, mainly in developing countries. TB is the major killer of people living with HIV in Africa. Almost half a million...
Agenda 16h30:  Registration – Exhibit viewing 17h00:  Welcome – Kumresh Chetty, Constitution Hill 17h10:  Introductions & opening questions to the panel – Na'eem Jeenah, Moderator 17h45:  Questions & Answers | Discussion 18h45:  Closing remarks – Ernest Nyamato, MSF Deputy Head of Mission...
  Contrary to what you might think, MSF fieldworkers are not all medical professionals. Because the work we do requires a diverse team to meet the specific needs of each project, we draw on a range of other skilled professionals. Emilie Venables is a British anthropologist working in MSF’s HIV and...
Mduduzi Chandawila, a Zimbabwean-born nurse recently returned from his third assignment with MSF. He spent two months working in South Sudan’s remote Jonglei State as an operating theatre nurse in a makeshift hospital in Gumuruk. Q: What were your impressions about Gumuruk and your work there? A:...
  We’re delighted to announce that Cape Town-born MSF doctor & author of ‘Band-Aid for a Broken Leg’ Damien Brown will be in Cape Town as one of the selected authors at the Open Book Festival (7-11 Sept). Damien will also be giving two FREE talks on his book and life as an emergency doctor....
In November, Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) South Africa hosted a two-day workshop with past and future fieldworkers where our fieldworkers shared experiences and debated humanitarian issues. They also learned more about what MSF has to offer. From surgeons to clinical...
  In 2011, anaesthetist Dr Nikki Fuller needed a break. Head of the department of anaesthesia and intensive care at Wynberg’s Victoria Hospital, Nikki traded her 158-bed hospital and Cape Town seascapes for Dargai, Pakistan. Her three months in Pakistan would open her eyes to new cultures and...
      Chenai Mathabire MSF fieldworker and nurse, Chenai Mathabire, began working for MSF in her hometown of Harare. In May, she arrived back from her second international MSF assignment in Bo, Sierra Leone where she’s helped manage MSF’s ambulance service. This service is just one of the...
In the first installment of a new feature, entitled "Where are they now?" MSF SA profiles former MSF fieldworker and Tygerberg Hospital paediatrician Dr Lisa Frigati to see what life holds for her after working with MSF.   Dr Lisa Frigati found herself at a crossroads: Having finished her medical...
  Bienheueuse Felicite Okamba is a midwife who started working with MSF in her come country of Congo-Brazzaville, also known as Republic of Congo, in 2003. In the wake of the country’s civil war, Felicite worked with MSF in refugee camps, where malnutrition and rape were among the most common...
      Lissele Botha South Africa's Lissele Botha recently returned from her first MSF field assignment in Sierra Leone. A native of Kynsa, Lissele said her first time out with MSF wasn’t what she expected and here’s why: “It wasn’t what I expected, it was actually better. You go on assignment...
        Adeline Oliver: Aged 61, from JohannesburgPosition: Operating Theatre NurseLocation: MSF-supported hospital in Lashkargah,Helmand province, Afghanistan. When I arrived in Helmand province in December 2011 it was extremely cold with frosty mornings. It’s spring now, which is beautiful, but...

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