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Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams have brought lifesaving medical assistance to approximately 4,000 refugees who have fled violence in South Sudan since December 2015 and are living in deplorable conditions in Bambouti, a village of 1000 inhabitants in the South-eastern part of the Central African Republic (CAR).  The South Sudanese refugees have been completely cut off from any...
There is a book kept under lock and key at all times in the tented HIV and TB ward of MSF’s hospital in Bentiu, South Sudan. It doesn’t look like much: its blue ink has started to fade and its pages shoot a strong smell of must, mold and swamp water. But it is precious, not only because it contains confidential medical information of 120 HIV positive patients, but also because it’s one of the...
​Rudyard Kipling once said that "God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers"... Around the world, mothers occupy a very special role, but what's most interesting is how perceptions of motherhood vary from country to country... As Midwife Activity Manager at Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Zani Prinsloo has witnessed this spectrum of attitudes first hand...
Zimbabwean born Melusi Mabhena, 34, recently returned from South Sudan where he spent seven months working in the Pibor Project as the Nursing Team Supervisor. Melusi together with fellow Zimbabwean, Melt Ndlovu were evacuated following the looting of the MSF medical compound in Pibor on 23 February. The fighting between the rival groups left at least 35 people injured...
Melt Ndlovu (40) has just returned from South Sudan where he spent three months working as a Flying Nurse Supervisor. He was based in Pibor, but would often travel to Gumuruk and Likongoli projects to offer support. His stay was cut short following the looting of the MSF medical compound in Pibor on 23 February. Melt and other international staff members were evacuated a...
Juba - The population in Leer, South Sudan, continues to live in fear of rape, looting and violence after at least four incidents were recorded in March.   Two MSF Land cruisers can be seen on the road as women and children sit under a tree outside of the abandoned and looted MSF hospital after receiving food for children under five.  Photo: Dominic Nahr ​ In the most recent...
Michael Shek in Bentiu camp in South Sudan.  ​Dumfries nurse Michael Shek spent six months at Bentiu camp in South Sudan, where people have fled for protection from the violence engulfing the country. He reports on how a tough job became even tougher when malaria broke out… "When I first arrived at the camp in Bentiu, it was chaotic. There were 30,000...
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) strongly condemns the looting of its medical centre in Pibor, South Sudan which occurred during and after heavy fighting from February 23 to 25, which also destroyed large sections of the town. Medical supplies, therapeutic food for malnourished children and even patients’ beds were stolen from the MSF facility during the looting. Bullet casings were found...
MSF calls for protection of civilians, and scale-up of humanitarian response in Malakal Juba – The attack in the Malakal protection of civilians site (PoC) on 17 and 18 February is another horrifying instance of brutality in a two year conflict marked by utter and unacceptable lack of respect for the lives and dignity of South Sudanese civilians. According to multiple, factually-...
An MSF medical compound has been looted amid fighting that broke out on Tuesday afternoon, February 23 in Pibor, which has left at least 35 wounded and approximately 1000 people seeking shelter at the UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan) base.      Fighting broke out in Pibor in the early afternoon on the...
Thembani Sibanda returned from Afghanistan in December where he spent nine months as a Supply Team Manager. He was based in Kabul, but would visit different MSF projects to ensure a constant supply of medical and logistical supplies.  His first mission was in Sierra Leone where he went to help in the fight against Ebola in 2015 for three months. Previously, Themba worked for MSF as a...
MSF teams treated dozens of wounded people after Wednesday night’s violence   After fighting erupted on the evening of 17th February in the Malakal Protection of Civilian (PoC) site in Malakal, at least 18 people are now confirmed dead, two of them MSF South Sudanese staff members who were attacked in their shelters. MSF’s 50-bed hospital inside the PoC received 36 wounded people,...
Karel Prinsloo is an award winning South African photographer who has spent 25 years largely working in Africa. Originally a news photographer, he has covered numerous conflicts and crises and was Chief Photographer for Associated Press covering East and Central Africa for over a decade. Today, Karel works mostly for NGOs as a freelance photographer, and is based in Johannesburg....
Corina Moffat, worked in South Sudan as a Human Resources Manager for 8 months. The married mother of four worked at MSF's healthcare centre inside a refugee camp for Sudanese refugees in Maban county in the Upper Nile State, 45 km away from where conflict took place. Prior to working South Sudan Corina worked in Malawi and Sierra Leone during the Ebola...
  Zani Prinsloo recently came back from her fifth mission as a Midwife in South Sudan. Zani was a military student and that’s where she studied social work, midwifery and neonatology. In South Sudan she was an Activity Manager in charge of section reproductive health, including antenatal, postnatal care and sexual violence amongst other things. Zani was in South Sudan for seven months...
Simon Njoroge, 34, spent 8 months in Juba, South Sudan for his first mission between 9 January and 5 November 2015 where he worked as a Flying Technician and an Electrical & Biomedical Engineer. He joined MSF in November 2014. Simon is a Logistician by profession. He has a qualification in Electrical Engineering and is a Fire and Safety Technician specialist. He was born in Kenya and...
Melt Ndlovu, 40, is an MSF SA field worker who has just left for his second mission to South Sudan for six months. A nurse by profession, Melt joined MSF in 2014 when he worked in Free Town, Sierra Leone where he helped in the fight against Ebola. In South Sudan, Melt will be a Flying Nurse Supervisor in Pibor. Melt was born and bred in Zimbabwe, but currently lives in Johannesburg. ...
An exceptionally severe malaria season is again hitting South Sudan’s Abyei region, with a dramatic increase in cases. But with few health facilities in this remote area, people with severe malaria often end up dying quiet deaths in their villages. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is working with local communities to put an end to preventable illness and deaths, with a...
Alec Mkwamba, 33, recently left for South Sudan on his third mission with MSF to work as an Epidemiologist in the Bentiu project. He will be in South Sudan for three months. Alec holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Promotion, Masters of Science in International Health Policy and Management and Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology & Biostatistics). He grew up in the Eastern city...
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