Médecins Sans Frontières

The CWA of NSW has had a long association with Médecins Sans Frontières and we recently received the following letter thanking us for our on-going support and giving us a glimpse of how our donations have been put to use. This is one of the diverse causes that CWA of NSW is happy to be able to support.

If you would like to find out more about Médecins Sans Frontières you can view their website: http://www.msf.org.au

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Médecins Sans Frontières is an independent, international medical humanitarian organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to victims of armed conflict, epidemics or natural disasters, and to populations that have little or no access to health care – regardless of race, religion or gender.

Founded over 40 years ago, Médecins Sans Frontières currently has 25,000 national and international staff, including over 150 Australian and New Zealanders a year, working in challenging situations in over 60 countries. The teams are composed of specialists such as doctors, nurses, anaesthetists, logisticians and laboratory technicians.

We respond to the needs of people affected by conflict, floods and drought, run emergency feeding programs during nutritional crises, organise mass vaccination programs to prevent epidemics spreading, and tackle neglected diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, measles and tuberculosis.

None of this would be possible without the incredible support that we receive from our donors and we are so grateful to the Country Women’s Association of NSW (CWA) who is one of our major contributors. Since 2008 CWA has donated approximately $140,000 to help people affected by conflict and disease, the latest donation being $55,000 in November 2013.

Recently your funds have been used in a number of key areas around the worlds and I would like to share the following with you from the field.

Our teams continue to work on both sides of the Iraqi border, responding to the urgent health needs of the people who have fled the violence. Médecins Sans Frontières is currently running mobile clinics and setting up health facilities in transit camps, as well as in camps for internally displaced people.

While we are able to respond to these immediate crises, our many other programs continue. In addition to our work in places such as Iraq and West Africa, we recently received news from our colleagues in South Sudan which I would like to share with you.

Following the recent cholera outbreak in Eastern Equatoria State in South Sudan, we are happy to be able to report that numbers of admissions to our clinics are falling. This particular project alone has treated almost 1,400 people and since April this year Médecins Sans Frontières has overall treated almost half of the 5,561 cases of cholera reported countrywide.

I also would like to take this opportunity to share with you the news of our recent international launch of the multimedia documentary, “The Reach of War” which aims to bring the attention back to the conflict in Syria. The documentary feature explores a single day in the life of the ongoing conflict through the perspective of medical workers, patients and refugees. You can view this at: http://issuu.com/msf_picturedesk/docs/thereachofwar

It is thanks to your generous support that our field workers can continue providing medical assistance to many people in the world who would otherwise go without. For this we are truly grateful to you. On behalf of our teams on the ground and our patients, thank you so much for your support.

Ruth Molloy
Major Gifts Manager

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2 thoughts on “Médecins Sans Frontières

  1. I found this item very interesting and will print out and read out excerpts at our meeting on Monday as we have members not “computer savvy” and am sure they would also be interested in this article.

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