Posts tagged aid worker

Just back from Yida refugee camp, South Sudan, #Atlanta native Elizabeth Elliott says the hardest part is leaving people. 

My tukul in Amtiman on my last day © Raghu Venugopal
Amtiman, Chad, now seems so far away from here in Europe. However, if I think of sand on the ground and heat on my skin, potholes in the dirt road, and a few pieces of garbage on the ground between the expat house and MSF office, I am taken back. Thinking of Amtiman is a powerful, spinning feeling. It’s a bit hard to write since I’m so tired right now. All I can mostly do is sleep and walk around in a bit of a daze. But let me try to write something.
Read more: http://blogs.msf.org/raghuv/2013/06/11/berlin-headquarters/

My tukul in Amtiman on my last day © Raghu Venugopal

Amtiman, Chad, now seems so far away from here in Europe. However, if I think of sand on the ground and heat on my skin, potholes in the dirt road, and a few pieces of garbage on the ground between the expat house and MSF office, I am taken back. Thinking of Amtiman is a powerful, spinning feeling. It’s a bit hard to write since I’m so tired right now. All I can mostly do is sleep and walk around in a bit of a daze. But let me try to write something.

Read more: http://blogs.msf.org/raghuv/2013/06/11/berlin-headquarters/

Chasing Sleeping Sickness in Central Africa

An MSF team is traveling around isolated villages and regions in central African countries in order to offer treatment and screening for sleeping sickness, a parasitic disease spread by the tsetse fly that can be fatal if it is not treated.

The Long Battle Against TB

Though the number of TB patients is on the rise worldwide—MSF treated some 25,000 cases in 2010 alone—there is still too little access to care and too few new diagnostic tools and medicines.

Somali Refugees in Dadaab Struggle On

Though the international spotlight has moved on, hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees in the Dadaab camps in northwestern Kenya, the largest refugee camps in the world, continue to struggle amid harsh conditions and pervasive malnutrition, particularly among children. Aid has been too slow in coming, however, and longer-term solutions are nowhere to be found.

Maternal Health: An Ongoing Emergency

MSF is providing maternal and emergency obstetric care in more than 30 countries worldwide, but in places where woman cannot access care, some 1,000 die every day due to complications in pregnancy and delivery.