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  Michael Oluwaseyi Mojeed, 32, is a doctor with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa. He recently returned from an MSF assignment in Yemen, where he worked as an Emergency Room Doctor with MSF in Ad-Dhale, southern Yemen, for six weeks. Clashes across Yemen in recent weeks, in addition...
For Evaristo Dira, working with MSF was his way to give thanks to one of the organisations that helped him when he was a refugee in Malawi 26 years ago. His moment finally arrived in June 2013, when he left his home country of Mozambique to work as an MSF fieldworker in Juba, South Sudan. “I have...
Swapping the relative comfort of working as a midwife in a private hospital in Klerksdorp, North West, for six months in South Sudan’s remote Maban refugee camp wasn’t a tough decision for compassionate and adventure seeking 26-year-old Carli Britz, an MSF field worker. “I was working in the...
  On the eve of Sierra Leone’s planned three-day nationwide lock-down to fight Ebola (19 - 21 September), the mood in the capital Freetown is ominous. The country is gearing up for what is being called in Krio language the ‘Ose-to-Ose’ (Door to Door) Ebola Sensitisation Campaign. I am concerned...
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,...
Mercy Kaudresi, Doctor South Africa   "Working in MSF’s Eshowe project, I met a 36 year old HIV positive patient. I admitted her to the hospital, changed her ARV regimen and discharged her when she was more stable. Two months later she came back to the hospital, and she was radiant:...
  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...
Vanessa Naidoo, aged 27, is an anaesthetist from Cape Town who left South Africa for her first assignment with MSF in February 2012. Initially she was sent to Khost province in southeast Afghanistan to work in MSF’s new maternity hospital for six months but after bomb blast at the hospital she and...

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