The BMJ charity appeal Christmas 2017: help Médecins Sans Frontières’ volunteer doctors help the Rohingya peopleBMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5926 (Published 29 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5926
- Jane Feinmann, journalist
- London, UK
“Médecins Sans Frontières make it possible for you to do your job as a doctor, as well as you can, in the most difficult circumstances imaginable,” says Ian Cross, a retired Leicester GP and one of the first MSF doctors to respond to the recent emergency in Bangladesh as more than 600 000 Rohingya, mostly women and children, fled violence in Myanmar.
“I saw an appeal for doctors at the end of August, just as the news of the exodus was emerging,” he recalls. At the MSF health facility in Kutupalong, close to the Bangladesh border, he was one of 43 expatriate employees and volunteers organising medical facilities for refugees.
Working with another UK doctor and 12 Bangladeshi doctors, the …