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Doctors Without Borders
Transcript of Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
Doctors Without Borders is the world’s leading independent medical humanitarian aid organization. Doctors, nurses, engineers and many others from all over the world work together to provide medical care to people caught in many kinds of catastrophes, including armed conflicts, natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, epidemics of disease and malnutrition crises.
What is Doctors Without Borders?
Doctors Without Borders has projects in over 60 countries across Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East
Doctors Without Borders work?
Doctors Without Borders works around the world to treat people in the greatest medical need and those often forgotten by others
Who does Doctors Without Borders treat?
Doctors Without Borders helps people suffering from many different diseases and illnesses
Doctors Without Borders treats people who urgently need medical care. It doesn’t matter to the doctors and nurses what these people look like, where they come from or who they are. All that is important is that they are human beings (just like me and you) who need to see a doctor. They can be any gender, colour, religion, age or race. This is what it means when we say we are ‘humanitarian’.
This picture shows how a medic working for Doctors Without Borders is vaccinating a child against measles in Afghanistan. In countries such as Canada all children are provided with a set of essential vaccinations throughout childhood to help protect them against dangerous childhood diseases. In some parts of the world children do not always have these essential vaccinations available at their local health centres. This is why doctors and nurses working for Doctors Without Borders help vaccinate children in many countries around the world.
This picture shows a doctor giving emergency treatment to sick children during a Cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe. Cholera is caused by little germs getting in to drinking water. When people drink this dirty water the germs get inside their body and make them feel very ill. To make people better they will need to be ‘rehydrated’ which includes drinking lots of water. It is very easy to treat cholera, but it must be done very quickly.
In this picture, a nurse counts the correct number of pills for HIV positive patients in Myanmar.
Doctors Without Borders provides essential medicines to HIV positive patients in the areas where we work. These medicines will help patients to stay healthy for longer even though they are HIV positive (keeping their ‘germ fighters’ in the blood strong).
MSF treats thousands of children with malnutrition
This child in Ethiopia is eating a special food supplement rich in vitamins to help him gain weight.
The child is eating something called ‘plumpy nut’ which is a special food supplement that tastes similar to peanut butter. It helps children to put on weight while also receiving the correct nutritional balance.
Doctors Without Borders often works in war zones
Doctors Without Borders helps people after natural disasters
Many people can not easily access health care which means that they are not able to see a doctor when they are sick. This is the case in many parts of the world, even if they are in rich countries.
One of the most important things about Doctors Without Borders is that we are independent. Almost all of our money comes from kind members of the public.
This means we don’t have to wait for money from governments and we can make our own decisions about who to help. This allows us to act quickly to treat those people who most need medical help.
Doctors Without Borders makes sure that people all around the world know about the problems its patients face in the countries where the organization works. This means that Doctors Without Borders aid workers are often in the newspapers and on television.
Have you ever spotted Doctors Without Borders or other charities in the news?
Doctors Without Borders has 19 offices worldwide and one of them is in Canada.
Doctors Without Borders Canada was established in 1992 and has offices in Toronto and Montreal.
The Canadian office supports the field work of Doctors Without Borders through:
raising money to pay for projects all around the world,
finding doctors, nurses, engineers and other support staff who can work abroad,
talking to the Canadian public about our work and about the patients we treat
Doctors Without Borders Canada
Some of Doctors Without Borders Canada's aid workers and staff
Organize a fundraising or awareness raising event with your friends or school
Tell others about Doctors Without Borders
Invite a speaker to your school
Work with Doctors Without Borders when you’re older!
How you can get involved...
Visit our website: www.msf.ca
E-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find us on facebook: facebook.com/MSF.english
Follow us on Twitter: @msf_canada
Follow us on YouTube: youtube.com/user/MSFCanada
Stay in touch..
This child is talking to a doctor in Gaza. Doctors Without Borders treats grown ups and children in dangerous places all over the world. In many war zones the organization also offers counseling to people who have lived through war. Talking about the difficult things that they have seen can help make people feel better.
Malnutrition is essentially caused by children not getting enough of the right kinds of food which have essential nutrients in them. It is very important that children all around the world eat the right kinds of food to keep themselves healthy. This picture shows a child being examined using a MUAC (mid-upper arm circumference) band. If the band shows green in the small window then we know that the child is healthy (and most children in the UK would be in this category). The colours yellow – orange – red show the severity of the level of malnutrition.
Here is a
n outdoor hospital ward trea
ting people after the earthquake
in Haiti 2010. Doctors Wi
thout Borders was already worki
ng in Haiti before the
earthquake. Three of our hospitals were very
aged and some of the doctors and nurses working for Doctors Without Borders were hurt. We had to set up emergency hospitals very quickly so that doctors could treat those people needing medical attention in the aftermath of the earthquake. The doctors and nurses were very busy indeed.
This photo shows a water and sanitation specialist who is providing clean water after floods in Mozambique.
During a flood local water supplies (such as a village wells) can get mixed up with dirty water.
This means that it is no longer safe to drink this water as it is full of germs which can cause diseases like cholera. This engineer is filling a rubber ‘bladder’, which is a bit like a giant water balloon, with clean water ready for people to drink.