Dear MSF SA Supporter,
Due to your generosity, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) SA continues to supply free medical care in ongoing crises situations throughout the world. As a donor, you allow us to continue our life-saving work. Thank you. MSF SA is pleased to confirm that the organisation has again received an unqualified audit for the financial year 2014.
In 2014, we made an increased effort to improve our donor care processes and tools in order to keep our donors up-to-date about the impact of their donations. To allow us to continue to do this, please check and update your contact details with our Donor Care team.
At the end of 2014, we had a total of 27,000 donors. Thanks to the contributions of our donors like you, MSF currently operates in more than 30 countries in Africa, which stand amongst the almost 70 countries in which we operate across the globe. Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and South Africa are amongst the top ten country programmes in terms of budgets.
Last year, donors were particularly generous when it came to responding to the need for funding in the wake of Ebola, which devastated health systems in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak was a defining moment for MSF. When faced with an unprecedented outbreak we reacted swiftly with new creative strategies. We are proud that MSF SA sent more than 35 highly experienced people to join the massive Ebola response in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. It’s the dedication of those individuals and others recruited from other MSF offices that enabled us to have such a massive and comprehensive response.
MSF Southern Africa sent 113 fieldworkers into the more than 35 countries in 2014 – almost double the number of departures in 2013. These fieldworkers assisted people in need of medical assistance in Africa and around the world.
Our teams on the ground have no doubt that they are making a difference in peoples’ lives. Your donations make it possible for these fieldworkers to provide care and support to patients where there is a chronic lack of access to adequate healthcare.
In 2014 we also provided ongoing support to Central African Republic, where MSF teams in the midst of extreme violence continue to offer a full range of services. But thanks to your generosity, MSF continues to supply free medical care in the country, including primary, secondary, maternal, and paediatric healthcare in hospitals and mobile clinics around the country, while providing treatment to victims of sexual violence.
MSF also continues to provide medical care to people who would otherwise have no assistance in countries such as Syria and Ukraine, thanks to your support.
Your donations also meant that MSF continued to improve treatment for people with HIV and drug resistant TB around South Africa through research, advocacy and medical care.
These are just some highlights of the work that we do thanks to your continued support. We are humbled by the generosity of donors like yourself who share our commitment to saving the lives of patients. It is this support that allows us to remain truly independent and impartial, and which allows us to act quickly and effectively wherever medical needs may arise, such as the Malawi floods, the cholera outbreak in Mozambique, Nepal earthquake and the displacements caused by the xenophobic attacks in early 2015.
General Director, MSF SA