Paul Critchley: MA in Development and Emergency Practice, 2010

Paul's story

Paul Critchley

Paul (left) and a colleague on a life-line plane in South Sudan

I will be with the team for a year within which I will have little or no control over my own destiny; being sent wherever the emergency medical humanitarian needs are the greatest.

Paul Critchley, MA in Development and Emergency Practice

Paul was working with Médecins Sans Frontières in Bangladesh while he was finishing his dissertation. He then applied to join their Emergency Team. He takes up the story:

"I will be with the team for a year within which I will have little or no control over my own destiny; being sent wherever the emergency medical humanitarian needs are the greatest.

I am now coming to the end of six months as Emergency Coordinator in Maban county, Upper Nile state in South Sudan. Maban is currently hosting over 110,000 refugees from the conflict in Blue Nile state, Sudan; my team of 600 staff is providing the majority of the healthcare to over 67,000 of the refugees living in three of the four camps.

The teams are battling an outbreak of hepatitis E within the camps; hepatitis E is a disease that cannot be cured and my medical staff can only care for the patients hoping to give them the best chance to pull through. Within what could become the world’s largest recorded hepatitis E outbreak to date the dedication and hard work of my teams is inspiring.

In November I did manage to nip back to the UK to get married. I will leave Maban soon with mixed emotions; I am desperate to get home, sad to leave my teams and the refugees whom we are helping, but I am also curious to see where I will be sent next, after two weeks of holiday."