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(2/3) “In the past, most sex workers shied away from visiting health centres for fear of discrimination and stigma, especially if they were found HIV positive,” says Alice, an MSF community health worker. “Sex workers need healthcare in their daily lives: if a condom bursts, if they have an STI, or need to be screened for cervical cancer. If women needed post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) – a treatment that prevents HIV if taken within 72 hours of exposure – they just didn’t go to the hospital because they knew they wouldn’t be helped.
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Photo credit: @isabelcorthier
#msf #HVAD #doctorswithoutborders #HIV #sexworkers #Malawi #medicalcare #communityhealth #sexworkiswork


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(1/3) “I started having sex in exchange for things as my grandparents were not able to provide for me,” says Bernadette. “This is how I got pregnant and dropped out of school. When I became a sex worker I didn’t know anything about contraception. I had heard of HIV but never thought about contracting it myself. This was the first time I was given information on issues like HIV testing and sexual health. I saw it as an amazing opportunity that could help me to be healthy, no matter my circumstances.”
Bernadette has just received a health education session from Emily – an MSF community health worker –at the bar where Bernadette lives and works.
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Emily listened closely to what Bernadette had to say, because she too was a sex worker. She knew where Bernadette came from and what she was facing every day. Click the link in our bio for more. .
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In southern Malawi, an MSF project is helping thousands of women who earn their living from sex work to overcome barriers in accessing healthcare – partly by training and employing some as community health workers.
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Many of the community health workers are often shunned by their families and communities, facing abuse and hostility because of what they do.
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Recognising these gaps, MSF has been working with the Ministry of Health to provide services that meet the specific needs of sex workers.
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Photo credit: @isabelcorthier
#msf #HVAD #doctorswithoutborders #HIV #sexworkers #Malawi #medicalcare #communityhealth #sexworkiswork


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(3/3) The burden of caring for the injured – who are overwhelmingly men – has fallen mostly on their wives and mothers. .
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“My wife is tired too,” says Ahmed. “She keeps asking when I will be better. She wants to live a normal life of course, she’s human. She said she wants to go back to her family, but I need her for so many things.” He describes the pure frustration of being unable to wear trousers, to go shopping, to lift his children for fear of the pain. “If there wasn’t the internet, you would die,” he says of his year of boredom. “Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, they let you see another world.” .
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“I wish that my leg had been cut off, so that at least now I wouldn’t have any pain”, he says. A year on from his injury, no one can tell him when that pain might end.
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Photo credit: @mohmdabed
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(2/3) A farmer from the far south of the Strip, Ahmed delights in describing the animals he looked after, the plants he grew, the yoghurt and cheese he made – all impossible now, with a leg still missing three centimetres of bone even after multiple operations. “I just want to sleep, to take medication, that’s all I can do,” Ahmed says. .
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This week marks one year since the deadliest week of protests at the Israel – Gaza border. The hopes of injured Palestinians to find adequate treatment are fading, and people are stuck in painful limbo while the effects of their injuries take an ever greater toll on them and their loved ones.
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Photo credit: @mohmdabed
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(1/3) “I went peacefully, as a citizen,” explains Ahmed, 38, who was shot while protesting at the Israel – Gaza border on 14 May last year. “Since 2000 there have been three wars, all of Gaza under fire, 13 years of the blockade, two separate states in the West Bank and Gaza. We are oppressed.” .
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On 14 May 2018, the Israeli army shot more than 1,300 Palestinians, killing 60 people, during the bloodiest day of the weekly protests by the fence between Gaza and Israel. A year later, many injured citizens are still struggling with the devastating consequences of their wounds. .
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Photo credit: @mohmdabed
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Follow Claudia Ramirez, nurse by day and ambulance driver at night, as she talks about her daily routine and motivations to help serve her community in different ways.
#nurse #nursesday #doctorswithoutborders #msf #elsalvador #ambulance #healthcare #nurselife


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Why I became a nurse: My name is Thok Johnson Gony. I was born in Bor, in the greater upper Nile region of what was then Sudan. As a child refugee, I almost lost my life to measles. Living today is itself a miracle. My eyes become teary whenever I remember my childhood. It was filled with distress, misery and hopelessness in the refugee camp. •

Finding my purpose: I cleared my mind of the anguish that was consuming me. As a result, I started excelling in school, one educational level after another.  Growing up seeing medical professionals saving lives in the refugee camp, including my own, deeply moved me. Their empathy inspired me a lot. The burning desire to directly help people in need of medical care became my greatest motivation, and I got my bachelor's in nursing. •

Since 2012, I have been undertaking assignments in different @doctorswithoutborders projects around the world.  My experience in all the countries I have worked is a true manifestation that South Sudan is full of professionals who can work in any part of the world. From a child refugee to an international medical coordinator. Isn’t it a great journey?

Photo: Dirk Jan van der Poel

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👩‍⚕️💉 “I’m happy to support people regardless of the risks and the situation. I prioritise the interest it the patients over my own safety. So, I like to help them as much as I can. And I do that happily.” .
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Our nurses work tirelessly to provide round the clock care for patients in projects around the world. This #nursesday, we celebrate their dedication to patients around the world. #ThankYou for all you do 🏥💜 .
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"I’ve wanted to be a nurse since childhood. My mother is a midwife, and she’s an inspiration to me. I came to work in the @doctorswithoutborders's Naga project because I wanted to be close to the patients, to work with them in their villages and to provide medical care directly. My family is probably tired of hearing about my work all the time! ⁣

Here in Naga, there is little health education and people don’t trust strangers easily. Not everyone realizes that they can come to the MSF mobile clinics for treatment. Because of that, we work a lot with village administrators – they help to introduce us to communities, build trust, and explain our services. The challenges we face as a team bring us closer together. " - Nurse Ma May Sandi Aung in Myanmar⁣

Photo: Scott Hamilton⁣ (@s_cottham)

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We often find communities from various regions of Guerrero in lockdown, who cannot get to larger urban centers because they are surrounded by armed gangs that threaten them or because the existing tensions block them. After violent events, people rely solely on their own crops and what they have stored in their pantries. •

The goal of our mobile clinic is to reach people shut off from medical access - and the eight-person teams comprise doctors, psychologists, nurses, and logisticians/drivers. • Check our link in bio and click the image again to read more.
Photo: @jcarlostomasi
#Mexico #Guerrero #doctorswithoutborders #medicine #food #humanitarianaid #aid


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Photographer @jcarlostomasi traveled with our mobile medical teams and witnessed how violence permeates every aspect of life in Guerrero, and has dire consequences for the health—both mental and physical—of people who live here. The clashes also affect education, as many schools are left empty because teachers cannot reach the towns.
Every Monday, three MSF mobile teams leave the city of Iguala de la Independencia and travel to different parts of Guerrero. An "explo" team goes to places where violence has recently occurred to assess the medical needs. The other two, each with an established route, head to villages that have already been evaluated, and offer medical and psychological services.


#Mexico #Guerrero #doctorswithoutborders #education #medicine #mentalhealth #school


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In the mountains of Guerrero state in Mexico, farmers have been prevented from going down to the cities to sell their products - which has a huge impact on their livelihoods. Frequent clashes between criminal gangs, security forces, and local police have led to these blockades, which also affect access to medical services. @doctorswithoutborders mobile teams visit communities across the state, bringing medical and psychological care to people who would otherwise not be able to reach it.
Photo 📸 @jcarlostomasi

#Mexico #Guerrero #medicine #doctorswithoutborders #mobileclinic #community


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