Yesmen Akter (2011)

She joined MSF-B (Bangladesh) in July 2010 as a Midwife. Since her joining, she showed a great character and high level of energy in her daily work areas. She became a sincere, cooperative and sensible colleague. She was really happy for her pregnancy and child. She was worried about her child’s complication but she never imagined that she herself would become so sick. I still remember her saying “I have not seen my baby and I will not survive anymore!” We are deeply shocked for her unwanted sudden death.

Dr Farhana Akhter, Colleague

Yesmen was an excellent person. She was motivated with MSF. She had more tolerance and was punctual in her daily work. I am very happy I worked with her. I am very sad about her unexpected death. She was always smiling and was very friendly. Her behaviour was very excellent. She was always smiling when talking to patients, our patients are also missing her. All our staff are missing her.

Md. Shafiqul Islam, Nurse

It’s hard to understand for all of us. While giving life, Yesmen lost her own.  We feel sad and it seems unfair. Within MSF we knew Yesmen as a very dedicated colleague. Always moving around with the mobile AT FC,
ready to do her job properly and to help out wherever necessary. She never complained, she didn’t miss a single day of work. For sure we will all miss her. The Mothers and Children in our program and clinic will miss her.

Lieven Vernaeve, Field Co

The team are shocked and saddened by Yesmen’s sudden death. She was a valuable member of our project and her knowledge and skills ensured vulnerable women received the best possible care. Her compassion and positive attitude will be greatly missed by her colleagues and patients. One of the hardest things for us to accept is that she leaves behind a Son who she had dreamed of for a long time, and whom she will never see.

Lesley Wills, Expat Midwife

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By: Rebecca Cederholm