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23 minutes | 15 days ago
Diabetes: An unseen humanitarian emergency
It’s 100 years since the discovery of insulin, the life-saving drug for people living with diabetes. But today, more than half of those who need this marvellous medicine still can’t access it – either because it’s too expensive or unavailable. This means millions of people are risking serious complications and even death. In this episode of Everyday Emergency, Amber Dowell reports on the challenges facing those diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes living through crises such as conflict, displacement or disaster. We hear from Farah Haris, who was working to treat diabetic patients in the fallout of last year’s devastating Beirut explosion. We also speak to chronic disease expert Amulya Reddy on how MSF is finding innovative new ways to help patients and challenge the three “Big Pharma” corporations controlling the insulin market.
48 minutes | 3 months ago
Speaking Out: Srebrenica - Mechanisms and expectations
Episode 5: Mechanisms and expectations Duration: 48 mins Justice is slow to come and still many of the nations involved are not taking responsibility for their country’s actions in the enclave. After a year of targeting the Dutch, the focus moves to France. With accusations of covert meetings and secret deals to free French hostages, MSF France puts pressure on the French parliamentarians to investigate the nation’s role in the fall of Srebrenica. But is it really the role of a humanitarian medical organisation to issue an appeal for an investigative parliamentary commission? And if so, how much should the organisation direct proceedings? Also and as time passes, it gives those in MSF space to reconsider the organisation’s own actions during the fall. Image: © MSF
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Speaking Out: Srebrenica - Peace agreement vs justice
Episode 4: Peace agreement vs justice Duration: 37 mins Following the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995, 40,000 people are scattered around eastern Bosnia. Thousands are in a refugee camp around Tuzla airport, but thousands are also still missing, or dead including the 8,000 men and boys over the age of 16 massacred by Bosnian Serb forces. As July 1995 goes down in history as one of the deadliest months of the Bosnian War, the focus shifts to the international community. Pressure is mounting on the international actors involved in the Bosnian war…in particular on the Dutch whose Blue Helmet peacekeepers also known as Dutchbats were stationed inside Srebrenica during the fall. But where does the responsibility lie for the inaction? And what can MSF do to make sure that peace does not take precedence over justice? And while the investigations and tribunals on Srebrenica begin, how can the international community make sure that the events of July 1995, are not repeated in one of the other Muslim enclaves in the region? Image: © Hans Ullens/MSF
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Speaking Out: Srebrenica - The fall of Srebrenica
Episode 3: The fall of Srebrenica Duration: 40 mins July 1995 - the fall of Srebrenica is one of the toughest chapters of the Bosnian war. It only took 10 days for the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica to fall. The two MSF staff stationed there at the time witnessed the Bosnian Serb force’s attack. Around 8,000 men and boys over the age of 16 were massacred by Bosnian Serb forces in the enclave. But how does this happen with hundreds of UN peacekeeper in a so-called ‘safe zone’? Having trusted the UN Protection Force’s commitment to protect the enclave and its population, must MSF accept partial culpability for or complicity in the UN’s abandonment of the enclave and the ensuing massacre of the population? Didn’t MSF give the population the false impression that it would be safe as long as the team was present? And what mechanisms did MSF put in place so that they could speak out over the UN’s inability to protect the people of Srebrenica? Image: © Olivier Jobard/MYOP
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Speaking Out: Srebrenica - Prison doctors
Episode 2: Prison doctors Duration: 37 mins MSF has been working in the enclave for over 2 years now and has repeatedly informed the media about the difficulties it’s been having trying to get supplies, medicine, and even volunteers inside facing the haggling by the Bosnian Serbs. MSF is still the only source of medical care in the enclave, but its job is being made harder and harder as the violence worsens and the living conditions deteriorate. The organisation starts to question its role there and wonder if it’s contributing to the Bosnian Serbs’ strategy, acting like prison doctors? And as the Bosnian-Serb authorities tighten their grip on Srebrenica, MSF is faced with another dilemma - would calling for the evacuation of civilians be the equivalent of abetting the Bosnian Serb’s ethnic cleansing policy of driving out all Muslim inhabitants and claiming the land? Even if those same civilians want to leave. Image: © Rip Hopkins
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Speaking Out: Srebrenica - Entering the enclave
Episode 1: Entering the enclave Duration: 27 mins The Muslim population trapped inside Srebrenica is living under constant shelling since the start of the war in Bosnia in 1992. Even after the UN declared the city a ‘safe area’ in March 1993, not much had changed. The joint French/Belgian MSF unit entered Srebrenica with UNPROFOR leader General Morillon in March 1993. They were the first NGO allowed inside the enclave. There, they witnessed the French General vowing to protect the enclave’s population. The MSF team focused on providing medical care, securing the water supply and sanitation, and preparing the enclave for the upcoming winter. However, they’re starting to question how much protection the UN peacekeepers in the enclave can actually provide. Image: © René Caravielhe
32 minutes | 10 months ago
COVID-19: Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Midst of a Pandemic
Our producer Jess Brown looks into the potentially catastrophic secondary impacts of COVID-19 on the lives and health of women and girls. Sexual and reproductive health services are difficult to access in normal times and the secondary impacts of COVID-19 have made them even more elusive This episode includes voices from our projects in Honduras and South Africa, discussing the impacts of losing access to essential sexual and reproductive health services, particularly safe abortion care and contraception care. *Correction: Since publication it's been established that some ambulance services are running in proximity to our Honduras project.
6 minutes | a year ago
INSIDE YEMEN: Prologue
In this episode of “Inside Yemen”, Agnes and Natalie take you to Mocha on the banks of the Red Sea – a strategic crossroads just two hours from the front line where landmines are wreaking havoc among the civilian population. A tent hospital, the sound of artillery fire and an all-pervading wind: welcome to Yemen.
10 minutes | a year ago
INSIDE YEMEN #1: The noise of bombs
In episode 1 of “Inside Yemen”, you are plunged straight into the heart of Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. Natalie tells you about her journey to Saada in the mountains in the north of the country. This is Houthi territory - the target of thousands of airstrikes over the last five years. Not far away, Thierry and his expedition are heading for the besieged town of Taiz, through the mountains and at night… to avoid the snipers.
8 minutes | a year ago
INSIDE YEMEN #2: Under the sand, landmines
Bernard knows Yemen well, especially his operating theatre. Let’s go to the emergency department of an MSF hospital trapped between the frontlines south of Hodeidah and surrounded by mine fields.
9 minutes | a year ago
INSIDE YEMEN #3: Too far, too late
It is Ghassan’s turn to take you deep into Yemen to discover the cholera epidemic that broke out across the country in 2016 and 2017, amidst controversy and media manipulation.
7 minutes | a year ago
INSIDE YEMEN #4: Everyday violence
A grenade ready to explode, armed militia in a pick-up, Kalashnikovs everywhere. Ghassan and Thierry tell you about the everyday violence in Aden, the southern port where all semblance of normality has been lost.
5 minutes | a year ago
INSIDE YEMEN: Epilogue
Is Yemen’s a hopeless war? And what should be done when we can “only” care for people we know nothing about? In this last episode of “Inside Yemen”, Natalie takes you back to the north of the country, into the caves that serve as shelters for families when the bombs rain down.
26 minutes | a year ago
Environmental Emergencies: Climate Crises and Humanitarian Response
In this episode of Everyday Emergency, Nick Owen hears from MSF staff who have been working with some of the populations most vulnerable to changing weather patterns and environmental degredation. Our guests detail the steps MSF is taking to better prepare for future climate crises. We'll also be looking at the ways in which these increasingly significant climate shifts can have a knock-on effect in terms of conflict and displacement. --- Subscribe through iTunes or your favourite podcast provider, and find out more at msf.org.uk/podcasts Please leave comments on our Facebook page, or on Twitter.
35 minutes | a year ago
2010 - 2019: Reflections
In this episode of Everyday Emergency, host Nick Owen takes you through some of the most pivotal MSF moments from the past decade, with firsthand accounts from our staff on the ground. You'll hear about our response to the sheer devastation of the Haiti earthquake, the Ebola outbreak gripping West Africa and how in recent months we've restarted our search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean as the European migration crisis continues. To learn more about the topics discussed in this episode, please visit: msf.org To learn more about how our emergency teams respond in real time. please visit: msf.org.uk/72-hours Production Credit: @alicewhitehouse / MSF UK Photo Credit: @Hannah__Bowman / MSF
18 minutes | a year ago
Colombia: Venezuelan Women's Struggle for Healthcare
In this episode of Everyday Emergency we hear about the lived experience of Venezuelan women bearing the brunt of their country's healthcare crisis and the difficulties they continue to face in Colombia. An estimated 4 million Venezuelans have left their country since the collapse of its political and economic systems, and at least 1.4 million have come to neighbouring Colombia. They are coming from a country where, over the last few years, most people had no access to medicines and essential health services were entirely out of reach. Now in Colombia, they often face the same problem. Legally entitled to receive emergency medical care from the Colombian health system, those services are limited to vaccinations, immediate lifesaving treatment, and deliveries — and many migrants report being turned away from receiving these. MSF Producer, Mandy White reports from our clinics in the La Guajira region of Colombia. --- Subscribe through iTunes or your favourite podcast provider, and find out more at msf.org.uk/podcasts Please leave comments on our Facebook page, or on Twitter.
24 minutes | 2 years ago
Yemen: "A Devastating, Unjust Violence"
Yemen is in the grip of war. It is also one of the poorest countries in the world. British anaesthetist Dr Elma Wong has recently returned from her fourth assignment working in the country with MSF. In this episode of Everyday Emergency, we talk to Elma about her time in Mocha, a town on the west coast of Yemen. It sits around halfway between the port cities of Hodeidah to the north and Aden to the south, and our emergency medical centre is the only one of its kind in the area. To support our teams working in Yemen, visit: https://msf.me/yemenpodcast To find out more about the crisis, visit: https://stories.msf.org.uk/yemen-explained/
36 minutes | 2 years ago
The Refugees Who Fled a Massacre
In this episode of Everyday Emergency, we take a look at one of the biggest refugee crises of modern times. The Rohingya are a group of people who have lived for centuries in Myanmar. Due to their ethnicity, they are denied citizenship and are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Violence and oppression has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee to countries neighbouring Myanmar, either by land or sea, over the course of many decades. But in August 2017, a brutal campaign of violence by the Myanmar government killed more than 6,500 Rohingya, including at least 430 children under five years old. More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh joining more than 200,000 who have been living in the squalid camps, some for many years. In this episode, we hear from three MSF staff who have been working in the Rohingya megacamp in the Cox’s Bazar area of southeast Bangladesh over the past year. Nurse Chrissie McVeigh describes her experience running a campaign to vaccinate more than 350,000 Rohingya children against diphtheria. Water and sanitation specialist Ryan Bellingham describes his work as part of MSF’s emergency team setting up clean water sources in the complex camp. And nurse Sunny La Valle describes her first assignment with MSF running health posts to provide much needed care for the Rohingya. If you would like to help our work providing vital medical care for the Rohingya, please consider giving to our Rohingya appeal: https://msf.me/2rnffXT
29 minutes | 3 years ago
Patching Blast Injuries in the Ruins of Raqqa
In this episode of Everyday Emergency, we hear from three MSF medics who have been working in the Syrian city of Raqqa. A former stronghold of the so-called Islamic State, Raqqa is littered with improvised explosive devices and remnants of war that are causing dire consequences for people returning to the city. Doctors Javid Abdelmoneim and Pippa Pett, along with nurse Michael Shek, helped to establish a trauma stabilisation unit in the east of Raqqa. The role of the unit is to save lives in the crucial minutes after trauma. In this episode, Javid, Pippa and Michael describe their first impressions of the city, what it was like to run a trauma unit from a suburban house, and how children with a little known disease are finally getting the help they need. Find out more about the topics discussed here: https://msf.me/2Henlwn --- Subscribe through iTunes or your favourite podcast provider, and find out more at msf.org.uk/podcasts Please leave comments on our Facebook page, or on Twitter. facebook.com/msf.english twitter.com/msf_uk
28 minutes | 4 years ago
S2 E8: The Hidden Costs of War
Nina Rajani, a doctor from London, has just returned from Iraq. On this week's episode, Nina explains what it took to treat people caught between the vicious spiral of violent conflict and poor health. "Everyday Emergency" is a podcast from MSF. In each episode, we bring you true stories from the frontline of humanitarian emergencies across the world. From the conflict in Syria to the refugee crisis in Europe, we’ll be talking to people with some incredible stories that may just change your outlook on life, or at least, for a moment, put things into perspective. In each podcast you’ll hear a true story written by an MSFer on the ground, read by an actor. We’ll then get them into the studio at MSF HQ for a chat about their time with MSF. Subscribe through iTunes or your favourite podcast provider, and find out more at msf.org.uk/podcasts Please leave comments on our Facebook page, or on Twitter. facebook.com/msf.english twitter.com/msf_uk
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