Sexual violence destroys the lives of millions of women, men and children. Stigma and fear are obstacles that prevent these victims from breaking the silence and seeking necessary health and psychological care.
A life-saving medical and humanitarian response reaches out to communities all over the world. Under the umbrella of MSF SpeakInk, we have collaborated with artist and illustrator Rafik EL Hariri in an effort to illustrate his perception of MSF Identity as being an independent medical and humanitarian body. MSF was founded in 1971 in Paris by a group of journalists and doctors. Today, we are a worldwide movement of nearly 67,000 people in more than 70 countries. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality.
Witnessing or being exposed to acts of violence of any kind can incite traumatic experiences which ultimately affect the state of one's mental health. Mental illnesses are a recurrent phenomena, and can be experienced by everyone at some point in their lifetime, taking on different dimensions. Mental health issues are apt to be treated effectively, and should not be stigmatized, however so, communities should actively engage in supporting individuals struggling with their mental health.
Migrants and refugees are often people who have been forced to leave their country because of insecurity, war, persecution and lack of opportunities for them and their families. They are not inherently weak or vulnerable as individuals. Their vulnerabilities are often related to the trauma of having to leave everything behind and the many physical, legal, administrative and cultural barriers they find on their way to a safer and better life.
Self-medicating without consulting your doctor can contribute to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Antibiotic resistance happens when antibiotics lose their ability to kill bacteria, which, along with viruses and other pathogens, have the ability to continuously adapt and change to survive. That said, if we don’t use antibiotics correctly, bacteria could keep adapting over time to the point where antibiotics completely lose their effectiveness in the future.
An Inaccessible Right. Under the umbrella of MSF SpeakInk, we have collaborated with artist and illustrator Mohamad Koraytem, in an effort to illustrate his perception of the dire and restrictive accessibility to healthcare in Lebanon, particularly the vulnerable communities. Lebanese healthcare system is highly segregated and privatized, which makes vulnerable communities struggle to access healthcare and administrative services required for treatment.
Sexual violence affects its victims in ways that go beyond the moment of the specific violence. It also goes much beyond its physical nature and affects the person in his entirety. Survivors of sexual violence often find themselves dissociated from their own bodies, alienated from the world around them. They lose confidence in themselves and in everyone around them. In many cases, they experience mental entanglement, and their pain and suffering affect all the aspects of life.
Working with MSF represents choosing a humanitarian career path. MSF offers opportunities for professional development, which guarantee the sustainability of our medical humanitarian action as we strive to offer quality services to the most vulnerable people around the world. These opportunities also offer our employees the chance to develop their skills and advance in their career paths.