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Doctors Without Borders
Transcript of Doctors Without Borders
Doctors without Borders Medicin Sans Frontieres GLOBAL
ORGANIZATIONS Madison Laurin and Manesha Sidhu What is it? A non-profit international humanitarian organization that provides medical care to poverty stricken countries. Founded in 1971 by French
journalists. Focuses on providing care to countries that:
Have previously been threatened by violence
Are currently dealing with adversity
Are at risk of the effects of these in the future The organization consists of doctors, nurses, logistics experts, administrators, epidemiologists, laboratory technicians and mental health professionals, as well as skilled volunteers. Successes of the organization 1985 - representatives protested and ended the policies of the Ethiopian government that forced thousands of citizens out of their homes. 1994 - the organization took a prominent role in the response of UN international military during the Rwandan Genocide, which eventually put an end to the massacre. 2004 – 2005 - called to attention the crisis in Darfur, and sparked the interest of the UN Security Council, who took action in Darfur. 1999 - the organization was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. An overview of the work Doctors without Borders throughout the world 2006 - the organizations medical teams consulted with over 9 million patients. Cared for approximately 500,000 patients in their hospitals Delivered 99,000 babies Treated 1.8 million malaria infected people Treated 150,000 malnourished children Provided 100,000 people with medication to treat HIV/AIDS Vaccinated 1.8 million
people against meningitis Performed 64,000
surgeries Challenges of the Organization Doctors without Borders works in areas of extreme conflict and hardship as well as cultural diversity. Working in areas such as this pose challenges for the onsite workers: Language barriers Harsh climates War zones Government issues In many cases, people being subject to violence feel animosity toward the workers, for not taking sides. Doctors without borders cares for any person who is in need of the care, no matter the side of an armed conflict they may be on.
Future of the organization Founded the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines to improve the rate at which diseases are diagnosed and treated in the poor countries of the world Continues to develop and distribute RUF (Ready-to-use Food) to malnourished children to help them receive proper nutrients Developing new treatments for children with HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis Medical and nutritional advancements Improved treatments Researchers improve Field workers implement What global issues does it deal with? Armed conflict Epidemics Malnutrition Natural Disasters Exclusion from Health Care Delivers medical attention to people who are
caught in war zones
have been injured by gun shots, knife or machete wounds, bombings or sexual violence Assistance with outbreaks of:
Malaria As well as pandemics and neglected sicknesses such as:
Chagas In 2006 the organization treated over 150,000 malnourished children with their newly developed RUF system, providing the children with the vitamins and nutrients they need to be healthy. Assists with these tragedies by setting up surgical units and running mobile clinics after floods, tornadoes or earthquakes Delivers medical, social and mental care to people who would otherwise have been denied it:
people with HIV/Aids or tuberculosis On average there are close to 27,000 Doctors without Borders workers providing medical care to people in places of poverty How does the organization work? Funding The organization runs fundraisers, and receives donations off of their website. Private non governmental and individual donations make up 90% of the total money the organization receives Locations The international organization has facilities in Hong Kong
United States Australia
Holland In the past, field teams consisting of trained professionals have worked in Afghanistan
64 other places. MSF-USA, which is in NYC, was founded in 1990 to raise funds, create awareness and recruit trained professionals.
MSF-USA accounted for 16% of private funding in 2009 The organizations area of least response is Natural Disasters, because the relief efforts for these tragedies usually come from government funding Rejecting the idea that poor countries only require a lower standard of health care, the organization strives to provide all countries with equal opportunity Mission: The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people in crisis, regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation.