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" You need a balance in life. You just cannot be all the time on an adrenalin peak. You need to recharge. "
" I find myself a bit boring because I somehow always wanted to be MSF. "
" The effects of the attacks against health facilities emanate far beyond those immediately killed and injured. They demolish routine and lifesaving health care for all. They make life impossible. Full stop. "
" When there were cases of Ebola in the States, I respected that people wanted to address concerns and take some sort of action, but the focus turned completely to the U.S. At one point, we started to wonder, Where is the Ebola epidemic happening? The States - or West Africa? "
" When I was young, and I wouldn't eat, my parents would say, 'Eat, or else you're going to become a little Biafran.' "
" People inspire me. Every day, I meet amazing individuals in the field. When I see a mother who has walked for three weeks to come to a MSF clinic, with two kids on her back and her belongings on her head, facing intimidation and physical abuse on her way, I am inspired by her resilience - her desire for life. "
" Nations don't have friends; they have interests. The best motivation for a state to act if it is remote from an epidemic is if its own security is at risk. "
" I am absolutely convinced there should be financial and political incentives for states to declare. You shouldn't be the pariah of the world if you say you have Ebola, but in reality this is what happens. "
" If I'm at the front line and refuse to treat a patient, it's considered a crime. As a physician, this is my oath. I'm going to treat everyone regardless. "
" Our humanitarian aid system is sick and needs to be fixed. It needs to get a reality check and get back humanity. "
" Sometimes in your career, you are at the right place at the right moment. But you have to be aware that eventually you may no longer be the right person for that position. So build your succession and foster for it while you are still at the peak of you career. "
" I always say now it's the indifference that kills patients in the field and different populations. We have to break our indifference towards the suffering of people elsewhere. "
" In the ongoing effort to combat Ebola, more needs to be done to rewrite the public-health narrative. It must move from one that has been infused with fear to one that recognizes the hope for survival that supportive care can offer infected people. "
" I worked in Syria on the front lines, and you hear the plane, you hear the shell is dropping, you realize it's not on you - 'Good' - and then you see the patients coming in and take care of them. And then you have down time. With Ebola, it seems there's no down time. It seems you're always at the front line; you're always exposed. "
" What are individuals in wars today? Expendable commodities, dead or alive. "
" I'm completely allergic to being politically correct. "
" People would beat me up after school; they would throw names at me. Children are brutal... Being different when you're a child is always a challenge. "
" The unspoken thing, the elephant in the room, is the war against terrorism, it's tainting everything. "
" People say I'm tough and too blunt. I'm a product of my organization. MSF is a blunt, tough, no-nonsense organization. "
" Somehow we got used to death, and then we dehumanised it. We account for conflicts in figures. Ebola is 13,500 infected, 5,000 people have died... People are losing their sense of empathy, their sense of wanting to do something. "
" Never lower your sight - always look at people at eye-level. "
" I don't think you just can put people on the starting block and then wait... for the next Ebola-like epidemic. I think that you need somehow a small-capacity response who's going to run the first few kilometers of the marathon. "