Registered Charity No: 1026588 (England & Wales).
Winner of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.
In war or disaster, the skilled medical expertise of surgeons, doctors, nurses and anaesthetists literally makes the difference between life and death. Every year British and Irish medical and logistics specialists volunteer their time and expertise to work with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
They provide emergency medical care, often in gruelling and distressing conditions, to people who have nowhere else to go. In Somalia MSF doctors and nurses provide the only source of medical care in large areas of the country. This includes surgical care for the war-wounded, treatment for malaria and tuberculosis, the vaccination of children against measles, managing outbreaks of cholera, and intensive care for severely malnourished children.
In Sudan, Africa's largest country, MSF teams are combating an epidemic of the parasitic disease, kala azar. This illness is fatal without treatment, because it progressively destroys the immune system. MSF volunteers are achieving a 95% cure rate in extremely remote communities, accessible only by air.
Thankfully, there is no shortage of volunteers but transporting and equipping them, sometimes at just a few hours' notice, takes enormous resources.
MSF's pre-packaged kits, complete to the last detail, ensure that no time is wasted. Teams can set up an operating theatre, for example, in just a few hours. Our independence is essential in ensuring that we reach those most in need. To maintain that independence, we depend on donations from individuals who, like ourselves, believe that everyone, regardless of where they live, has a right to medical care.