Stories From Patients & Staff

Deputy head of mission, Francesca Arcidiacono, South Sudan
22 Mar 2024

Francesca Arcidiacono has returned to Sudan as deputy head of mission. In 2023, she worked as the Head of Mission in Sudan and was a firsthand witness to the beginning of the current war. Today, she's reflecting on her decision to return to Sudan and what this means to her personally.

Fighting a cholera epidemic
05 Mar 2024

With the resurgence of cholera cases since mid-December 2023 in the capital and several provinces of Zambia, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is involved in the emergency response alongside the Ministry of Health. The focus is on supporting patient care and fighting the spread of the outbreak in Lusaka and Ndola, the two largest cities in the country.

Palestinians have lost everything but remain resilient
05 Mar 2024

Jessie Watson recently swapped her Marlborough farm for three weeks in Gaza as a HR/Finance project manager for Médecins Sans Frontières. 

DRC

Ituri province, in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been gripped for decades by recurring cycles of violence. Since mid-February there has been a resurgence of attacks, many of them targeting civilians, resulting in significant casualties, especially among women and children.

Rohingya girl poses with tanaka, a traditional cosmetic, on her face.
20 Feb 2024

MSF collaborated with a collective of Rohingya photographers to produce this collection of photos documenting daily life in the world’s largest refugee camp.

Patients sit in the corridor of the MSF-supported Umdawanban hospital in Khartoum State.
16 Feb 2024

Dr Mohammad Bashir, MSF deputy medical coordinator, reflects on his experience as a doctor in Sudan  in the absence of sufficient resources since conflict erupted.

MSF team doing cholera risk communications and community engagement
14 Feb 2024

MSF teams have been treating cholera and stopped the spread by working with community health promotion teams in Buhera district. Across Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces and 62 districts, 24,885 people have been infected and there have been 501 deaths since the first cases were identified in February 2023.

Youssef Al-Khishawi, an MSF water and sanitation agent, oversees a water distribution for displaced people in the southern Gaza town of Rafah’s Saudi neighborhood.

Since the war began in Gaza four months ago, little infrastructure has been spared by the near-incessant airstrikes that have struck the enclave, including water pipes.

Dr Edward Chu
09 Feb 2024

Dr. Edward Chu was part of a team Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff who went to Gaza in December 2023 to provide urgent medical support to our Palestinian and international colleagues as they continue to see large influxes of patients with severe injuries amid extreme supply shortages and relentless bombardment. Upon his return, he shared an account of this humanitarian catastrophe that continues to worsen.

MSF teams travelling to villages in India

Prue Coakley began working with MSF in 2010, after her master’s degree in international development ignited her interest in global health. She has completed 15 assignments with MSF, starting first in field admin which involved finance and HR responsibilities. After several assignments in this position, she trained in project coordination and progressed to project coordinator on a project in Chhattisgarh, India in 2013.