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Your donations ensure that MSF teams are equipped with the right gear and medecines to save lives - even on the sea, where migrants fleeing insecurity are in desperate need of medical care.

Mediterranean Sea rescue operations

After resuming its search and rescue activities in the Central Mediterranean for 2016, MSF reinforced its capacity at sea. The Bourbon Argos sailed from Cyprus on April, 30th and on May 6th rescued 121 people, among them 28 women and 6 children.

Every year, thousands of people fleeing violence, insecurity, and persecution at home attempt a treacherous journey via north Africa and across the Mediterranean to reach Europe. And every year, countless lives are lost on these journeys.

In 2015 alone, more than 3,770 people are thought to have died during the crossing; By June 2016, more than 2,800 people have drowned or gone missing.

"A mass grave is being created in the Mediterranean Sea," says Loris De Filippi, president of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Italy.

"Faced with thousands of desperate people fleeing wars and crises, Europe has closed its borders, forcing people in search of protection to risk their lives and die at sea. There is no more time to think, these lives must be saved now."

“Nobody deserves to drown at sea” - Simon Bryant, MSF doctor

MSF on board the My Phoenix
The My Phoenix. A 40 metre former research vessel extensively modified to support the search and rescue mission.

 

What your donations can do

Your donations ensure that MSF teams are equipped with the right gear and medecines to save lives - even on the sea, where migrants fleeing insecurity are in desperate need of medical care.

Thousands of people have crossed the Mediterranean sea in search of better lives in Europe. Fleeing violence, insecurity, and privation at home, people attempt a treacherous journey via north Africa and across the Mediterranean Sea. Since the start of 2015 alone, more than 1,700 people have drowned during perilous journeys on rickety boats. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is providing life-saving medical support to people in distress on the sea.

When emergency strikes

  • 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, and violent conflicts.

  • MSF Emergency Fund

    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 MSF Emergency Fund is a pool of donor funds specifically set aside to be used in emergencies. This fund enables MSF to deploy medical professionals, equipment and materials very quickly in emergencies. The fund is possible thanks to the generous support of many private individuals and companies worldwide who make donations, before and during emergencies.

    The MSF Emergency Fund is particularly important to MSF because we have strong rules and principles around how and when we accept donor money. MSF values the incredible support of our donors and won't accept funds we cannot use. Donors who support the Emergency Fund give donations knowing that the funds will be used in the present or future to address emergencies that meet specific criteria. Rather than waiting until after an emergency occurs, which can delay response, or insisting that their donation be used for a particular (often high-profile) disaster, these donors give in advance or during a crisis in the knowledge that MSF will use the funds to respond rapidly and effectively in crisis situations. Regular updates are provided to all donors who support the Emergency Fund.