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20 Apr 17
Javid AbdelmoneimJavid AbdelmoneimBritishDoctorUnited Kingdom

Podcast: "The letter that changed me"

"I wasn't prepared. It left a scar. It was the first time I was exposed to so much avoidable death."

On this week's episode of our Everyday Emergency podcast, we meet Javid Abdelmoneim, an A&E doctor living in London, UK.

Javid is a veteran MSF medic. His career spans the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, and devising means to bring medical supplies into Syria.

But his time working in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake came before all of that.

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Five months into his second assignment with MSF, Haiti was taking it’s toll on Javid.

Even as a large humanitarian organisation, there are limits to what MSF is able to offer its patients.

There are limited medical resources and it’s not possible to treat every medical condition people present with, as you might in a fully resourced hospital back home.

Javid felt hamstrung by the care he was able to offer his patients. But one patient managed to change his outlook. And it couldn’t have come at a more pressing moment.

A Hurricane was brewing off the coast of Haiti, and what was already a bad situation, was about to get worse. 

Read the story Javid recounts in this episode by following the link below.

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