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November 21, 2016

I arrived in Bokoro, Chad, three months ago. It’s my first posting with [Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières] MSF, and I was so excited to finally get here. I have always wanted to work for MSF. This is my small contribution to make the world a better place. I knew Chad was going to be dry and hot and that there are very high levels of malnutrition here.

November 21, 2016

Zara Abba is in Bokoro from the capital of Chad, N’djamena. She has been at MSF’s intensive care unit in Bokoro town for four days, caring for her granddaughter, Katalma Moussa, who is two years old. Zara Abba was visiting Bokoro to pay her respects to a family member who'd died when her granddaughter fell ill.

“She hadn’t put much weight on for a while and then she started to get diarrhea and her health got even worse. I had been taking her out for walks and to play with the other children, but since she started getting diarrhea, she didn’t have any energy and I couldn’t do that anymore. She was always hungry and crying and it was like the milk we were giving her wasn’t enough. I looked after her for seven days at home but after that knew I had to get her to a clinic.”

November 21, 2016

This year, in villages across the Bokoro region, in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH), MSF is running 15 mobile outpatient clinics for malnourished children aged between six months and five years old. In Bokoro town, MSF has an Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre in an MoH Hospital, with an intensive care unit where the sickest children are referred. For the first time, MSF is also working in the area ahead of time in order to identify and try to prevent children at risk of malnutrition from falling ill.

September 27, 2016

Few other surgeons working for Doctor Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) around the world have as much experience treating war-wounded patients as Dr. Edgar Escalante from Vancouver.

September 23, 2016

MSF calls on the government of Jordan to remove restrictions on humanitarian aid and to allow its medical team to have access to the Berm, so that they can directly assess the medical needs of Syrians stranded there. MSF stresses that it will not endorse any proposal that involves Syrians being pushed or drawn back into Syria, or that does not make provision for the impartial delivery of quality medical care. MSF renews its call to find a long-term solution to the humanitarian situation of Syrians trapped at the Berm.

August 31, 2016

Michael Talotti is a Canadian project coordinator from Bowmanville, Ontario, who currently oversees the MSF surgical project for war-wounded patients. He and his colleagues in Ramtha — including 137 national Jordanian staff and 12 international staff members — work in a section of a hospital operated by the Jordan ministry of health, where they provide emergency trauma surgery, as well as physiotherapy and mental health support, for war-wounded Syrians. Their patients include men, women and children who have been unable to escape the violence of the Syrian conflict.

August 03, 2016

Mariko Miller is a Canadian nurse currently working for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Jordan, helping deliver medical care to refugees fleeing the war in neighbouring Syria. She wrote the following post in response to the humanitarian emergency taking place on the Syrian/Jordan border in which more than 50,000 people are stranded without access to essential needs.

July 20, 2016

MSF has called for the medical evacuation of war-wounded Syrians through the sealed northern border of Jordan. This call coincides with the opening of a new surgical department within MSF’s emergency trauma surgery project in Ramtha government hospital, 5 km from the border with Syria, to treat the large numbers of wounded.

June 30, 2016

Tens of thousands of people who are stuck in extremely harsh conditions close to Jordan’s northeastern border with Syria are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.

December 07, 2015

A triple suicide attack that took place on the island of Koulfa in the Lake Chad area of Chad last Saturday morning has reportedly killed 30 people and wounded up to 200. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams present in the area have immediately mobilized to provide support to the Chadian Ministry of Health.

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