Ana Cristina JULIO ESALA

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Have you ever been abroad for a significant length of time or on a humanitarian mission before?

Why did you decide to go on mission with MSF?
Because it is a journey that for me it is not finished yet, and I have seen the results of the work we do and nothing is more satisfying than seeing the smile of the people benefiting from it.

What do you value most about MSF?
I can say that everything but most important the commitment the organization has and had proven along the years to keep providing the best care possible to every patient, despite the challenges.

What are you looking forward to most on your (next) mission?
Meeting new people, learn from a different culture and be able to support as much as I can the local mission.

Is there anything that you take along to every mission?
Yes, as a good Colombian, I take always coffee and my Italian coffee mocha pot.

What are you passionate about and how do you like to spend your free time?
I like to read as well to do watercolors paintings combined with lettering.

What is your most unforgettable experience in the field?
I think it was my first time being the Mission Pharmacist in Dohuk, Kurdistan and because the MSF mission was supporting the Syrian project in Derek, I have to travel there to support the pharmacist.
To encounter all the challenging to be able to travel or to cross there, and to see the reality with what they have to work and the amazing work they do despite all the difficulties.

Missions by Ana Cristina Julio Esala

  • Lebanon, August 2018 - November 2019
  • Bangladesh, February 2018 - May 2018
  • Lebanon, Nevember 2016 - November 2017
  • Syria, June 2015 - November 2015
  • Iran, October 2014 - August 2014
  • South Sudan, May 2014 - August 2014
  • Iraq, August 2013 - March 2014