For the financial year 2015, MSF SA is pleased to confirm that the organisation has again received an unqualified audit opinion.
Your donations, in 2015, allowed us to provide quality medical services quickly and effectively during several major crises: from conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan; to floods in Mozambique and Malawi; to treating Ebola in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and tackling the neglected HIV crisis in the Central African Republic. Thank you.
Last year, MSF Southern Africa sent 144 fieldworkers to 30 countries around the globe – a 27.4% increase from the previous year. They used their passion, skills and experience to provide medical support to vulnerable populations worldwide.
In South Africa, MSF has been carrying out pioneering work to treat HIV since 1999. The book, No Valley Without Shadows, retracing the history of MSF in its fight to provide affordable ARVs in South Africa was launched in November 2015. While HIV/AIDS remained an ongoing crisis that we tackled, the year 2015 also brought new challenges that we addressed in innovative ways.
In April 2015, MSF launched its first search and rescue operation, in the Mediterranean Sea, actively searching for boats in distress and providing life-saving emergency care to refugees trying to make the treacherous journey to Europe. Over 100,000 people have been assisted and we continue responding to this crisis. Thank you.
Closer to home, in March and April 2015, violent xenophobic attacks spread across KwaZulu-Natal. An MSF medical team provided basic medical care and counselling at three displacement camps, housing over 7,000 people, in Durban.
Soon afterwards, in April 2015, Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake. Your support enabled MSF to be one of the few organisations bringing medical care, food and shelter to people in remote, hard-to-reach areas.
Your donations allow MSF to provide comprehensive assistance to people in desperate situations - no matter where they are. In South Africa, your contribution meant we could launch a project to assist survivors of sexual and gender-based violence outside Rustenburg. The project, which opened in June 2015, offers numerous services free of charge, including counselling and HIV treatment.
While MSF carried out various positive interventions in 2015, it was also one of our hardest years yet. We lost 42 people in a deadly U.S. military attack on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on 3 October. This was the biggest single loss of life in an attack on an MSF hospital, leaving a population without medical care. I express our deep gratitude to those of you who signed and shared our petition to demand for an independent investigation into why the MSF Trauma Centre in Kunduz was bombed.
Your committed support is so important for our teams to continue their life-saving work in an independent, neutral and impartial way. Your donations and your engagement save lives.
Dr Mohammed Dalwai, President of MSF Southern Africa