Saving lives: Doctors Without Borders

For nearly 50 years, Doctors Without Borders – or Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) – has made a collaborative and concentrated effort to “help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.”

MSF launched in 1968, as a group of young doctors elected to help victims of wars and major disasters. In 1999, MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “in recognition of the organization’s pioneering humanitarian work on several continents.” The MSF medical staff has worked in more than 80 countries and treated tens of millions of people, its website states.

“In 2014, MSF medical teams carried out more than eight million outpatient consultations; delivered 194,400 babies; treated more than 2.1 million people for malaria; provided over 200,000 mental health consultations; registered 229,900 HIV patients under care; conducted more than 81,700 surgeries; treated 46,900 people for cholera; and vaccinated almost 1.5 million against measles and more than 75,100 against meningitis.”

In short, MSF works tirelessly for the benefit of all human beings, regardless of nationality, race or religion. Borders do not deter it from providing aid to those in desperate need. To help support Doctors Without Borders, donate now.

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