My first assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was in Bougainville, a small town in the southern tip of Papua New Guinea (PNG). I was there as a logistician for 12 months. I initially thought that would be my only assignment as I was planning to move on to other things. But once the Ebola outbreak occurred in West Africa in 2014. there was a big emergency call to recruit people and I found myself working there as a logistician and water and sanitation manager for a couple of months.
After that, I moved into project coordination, which was somehow a natural move for me and easier than I expected. I then went on to Yemen and later joined the emergency team. Since then, I’ve been floating in and out of different emergencies around the world; I was in Syria and Yemen, and then Bangladesh for the Rohingya crisis, Colombia and Venezuela, back to Yemen, and then the Democratic Republic of Congo for the most recent Ebola outbreak It’s been quite a full on six years!