This year, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.
Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations and activities that bring about real change.
We invite you to help by giving to help MSF respond to the health crisis in Nigeria.
About the Crisis
In Borno State, in the northeast of Nigeria, no less than 500,000 displaced people are living without food, drinking water or adequate healthcare.
“Although a nutrition emergency was declared three months ago, there has been a serious failure to help the people of Borno,”
- Hugues Robert, head of MSF’s emergency response.
Isolated in a partly destroyed city, dependent on aid that they do not always have: they are the direct victims of attacks and clashes between Boko Haram and the Nigerian army.
Meanwhile, malnutrition and disease are wreaking havoc, an especially alarming situation is children under five years, as 15% suffer from severe acute malnutrition, which entails risk of death.
Therefore, we urgently need to bring medical assistance and food. This is a large-scale humanitarian disaster and we need your help. Without an urgent operational response, tens of thousands of people may starve.
With outpatient treatment and adequate time, we could cure 90% of cases of malnutrition. We need your help this #GivingTuesday and we ask that you make a donation to us.
Our goal in Nigeria is to continue fighting this nutritional emergency: like you, we want to save as many lives as possible.
You can help by making a donation and using the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about giving and the causes and organizations that you support.
We are Doctors Without Borders (MSF). We help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare.