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How Your Funds Are Used

Thanks to your generosity, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) SA supplies free medical care in ongoing crises situations throughout the world. With your continuous support, we can react to emergencies as soon as they occur and give high quality care to those who need it most.

In contributing to our vital work your donations may be used to:

  • rehabilitate hospitals and clinics
  • assist victims of violence, war or armed conflict
  • provide clean drinking water
  • battle epidemics and carry out vaccination campaigns
  • perform emergency surgery
  • run feeding centres for malnourished children
  • assist victims of sexual violence
  • respond to natural disasters
  • treat patients with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, sleeping sickness and HIV/AIDS
  • provide medical and psychological care to marginalised groups such as street kids and refugees



2016 Activity Report

Borders may map our world, determine our laws and define our nationalities. But they shouldn’t stop anyone from getting medical care. We at MSF have always done our work in spite of boundaries, going where few others do to deliver essential healthcare because we believe nothing besides the needs of a patient should ever dictate where a life gets saved.

As a donor in 2016 you helped us live up to our principles and independently provide free, quality healthcare to millions in distress in 70 countries around the world, and especially to people forced to flee.

Last year, I worked for 3 months on the MV Aquarius, one of our Search and Rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea that provides medical treatment to those we rescue from sinking boats in the middle of the ocean.

We rescued 21,603 people we found in distress in 2016. But despite our tireless interventions, last year was still the deadliest year on record in the Mediterranean. Sadly, even NGOs cannot save everyone.

But because of your commitment to donate, there are thousands of lives we did save, thousands we continue to reach in time – not just those in the ocean, but others trapped in conflict zones and inaccessible areas across the world.

As MSF fieldworkers, we commit to save lives wherever they are at risk – whether in an active war zone in Iraq or Yemen; in a refugee camp where the war-wounded have fled to on the borders of Syria or Burundi or South Sudan; in camps for Internally Displaced People in Nigeria or Sudan; or in remote areas cut off from assistance after a natural disaster like in hurricane-hit Haiti. We don’t care how many borders our patients have crossed. We care about treating them wherever they are. And because of you, we can.

On the Aquarius, most patients I met had been displaced from their homes because of conflict – many in countries where MSF also works, running trauma centres, emergency rooms, operating theatres and even basic healthcare centres because the health systems in these places have largely collapsed.

I met a Syrian family who fled the country’s civil war because they felt their only choices were exile or death. I also met a Nigerian mother who gave birth to her baby on board the Aquarius just hours after we rescued her. In the northeast of her country, the battle between Boko Haram and regional armies has displaced millions from their homes.

Because of our commitment to providing independent medical care, we can ignore political pressures and really go where we need to. It is our independence that lets us to refuse to accept funding from the European Union in protest of its inhumane policies that block refugees from entering its member states; our independence that lets us continue treating vulnerable people stranded in the middle of the ocean; and our neutrality that allows us to stand apart from regional politics and treat both sides of the fight in Yemen and Central African Republic.

Through your consistent support, our medical teams can treat the scores of patients who arrive at our hospitals, our mobile teams can go out in search of patients in the most remote and inaccessible areas, our pharmacies can stock high quality drugs and vaccines, and our logisticians can put up hospitals and transport medicine in places where there is little else.

Your continued commitment to MSF is what keeps us where we need to be – with patients, in the field. You enable our teams to continue their lifesaving work. We couldn’t do it without you.

Thank you.

Kind regards, 
Kate Stegeman, MSF fieldworker


Download the full activity report brochure

Download the MSF Southern Africa Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2016

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