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Emergencies

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters in nearly 70 countries around the world.

MSF combines the provision of emergency medical care with a commitment to speaking out about the suffering witnessed and the obstacles encountered in providing effective assistance. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize. In South Africa, MSF has been active since 2000, running projects, recruiting medical professionals to work in emergencies around the world and raising funds to support the mission of MSF.

When emergency strikes

MSF considers launching an emergency intervention, in a situation where conflict, natural disaster or sudden epidemic outbreaks substantially and extensively disrupt the lives and health of people and where existing health systems are unable to cope. Examples of emergencies include epidemics requiring short- or medium-term interventions, such as the Nepal Earthquakes or Ebola, natural catastrophes such as floods, violent conflicts and situations where people have been forced to flee their homes and have little or no access to healthcare.

Support MSF’s emergency response

When such an emergency strikes, medical needs are often serious and represent one of the first priorities for those affected. The ability to respond quickly and independently can mean the difference between life and death for thousands of people. The generous, ongoing support of donors, before and during emergencies, enables MSF to deploy medical professionals, equipment and materials very quickly in emergencies.

Examples of what your donations can provide:

R100 can provide about 100 000 litres clean water which is enough for 5 000 people per day. Clean water is a vital resource, essential to the survival of people facing natural disaster, conflict or epidemics. Contaminated water carries life-threatening parasites and disease. By treating water with chlorine, MSF logisticians provide clean water to field hospitals, clinics and camps.

R150 enables MSF can vaccinate 50 children against measles.  Measles remains one of the leading causes of death for young children worldwide.

R400 provides special, highly nutritious food to help one severely malnourished child recover within four weeks. Packed with vitamins, minerals, fat and proteins, Ready-to-use-therapeutic food (RUTF) can cure children suffering from uncomplicated malnutrition.

R600 provides an MSF midwife with tools such as simple delivery kits to stop labour complications from becoming life-threatening. MSF helps 200,000 mothers deliver their babies safely every year.

R9000 can provide an emergency kit stocked with medicines and basic medical supplies. With these kits, teams provide on-the-spot medical care to patients in the field before they can be transferred to a medical facility. Fieldworkers can easily carry these compact kits while traveling on foot or by motorbike to remote areas.

Please note that these are examples of how funds could be used. Donations will be used where they are most needed. Please note also that indicative costs listed here are subject to exchange rate fluctuations and other changes.

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