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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...
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...
  Sedi Mbelani, aged 31, originates from Congo-Brazzaville, but currently lives in South Africa. She studied nursing in Brazzavile, joining MSF shortly after completing her practical training. Sedi came to South Africa in 2003, where she continued her nursing studies working variously with...
    Vanessa Naidoo   Dr Vanessa Naidoo, 27, is a South African anaesthetist living in Cape Town. With previous MSF assignments in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Naidoo left for her third MSF contract in South Sudan in September 2012.After her first  week working in the Batil refugee camp in South Sudan...
MSF SA recruit Gail Womersley, aged 27, has arrived in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine where she will complete a one-year contract with MSF as a clinical psychologist. Gail is a member of MSF’s HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) project team working in the prisons and detention centres of the region, providing a...

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