Dr Prinitha Pillay has worked in many dire environments but none more so than Libya's capital city Tripoli. With Libyan rebels having battled to overthrow autocratic ruler Muammar Gaddafi, in which protests and violent street battles raged, Pillay and a colleague were recently in the city to assess its medical needs...

She described her job, in which she worked at make-shift hospitals or lived in a tent for nine months, as the best in the world. "I get back so much more than I give and it feeds my soul. I always say that every time I go into places that feel like they're in the middle of nowhere, I realise that the midclle of nowhere actually means somewhere to someone. It's very meaningful work."

Pillay, the president of the MSF South Africa board, said she would be based in the country (SA) for a while in order to fulfill her responsibilities. This means representing MSF South Africa internationally and within the country...

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