On various occasions since the Andaman crisis, including during the Bali Process, Malaysia and other South East Asian nations have emphasised the primacy of saving lives at sea. © Stéphane Coletti/MSF
In recent weeks, there have been numerous discussions in Malaysia related to the country’s ability to provide a safe haven for people in need of protection, after having survived a treacherous journey by sea.
An MSF staff member registers a patient outside the MSF mobile clinic in Bukit Gudung, Penang. © Arnaud Finistre
If the government wants to create more trust among refugee and migrant communities to come forward and get screened for COVID-19, they should officially repeal Circular 10/ 2001, under which healthcare providers are obliged to report “illegal immigrants” (pendatang asing tanpa izin
Beatrice Lau, Head of Mission for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Malaysia Two years on,
Beatrice Lau, Head of Mission for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Malaysia On 25 August, it will be one year since the biggest ever displacement of Rohingya refugees from Rakhine state, Myanmar.
Photo source: Beatrice LAU
Greetings from Tajikistan!  It’s been more than 3 months since I arrived here in the field, and I have been all along waiting for an opportunity to write to you.
The local staffs are so curious about the fact that I am from Hong Kong, China. First, they are so surprised that I speak French. With all the international relief workers of MSF here, very seldom do they see Chinese people.
At first, I didn't understand why the three cars which are moving the Cholera Emergency Team and the on-going primary health project team have to always stay together so closely on the road - sometimes even to the point that we almost have to cut the flow of the traffic or to slow down the whole li

Cold in Haiti

Beatrice LAU
The weather in Cite Soleil is getting cold... I don't know exactly the temperature, but it surely does feel like below 20C... maybe it's due to the rain.
Thursday and Friday were very difficult for our team as many of our local staff working in the Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) couldn't come to work due to the violence on the streets.