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MSF helps in situations that most Czechs can not even imagine - fortunately

For more than 40 years working MSF mainly in countries where it does not work or is missing any medical structures. Here provide health care to people whose life-threatening major crisis - military conflicts, natural disasters, epidemics or exclusion from health care. Any such situation requires medical and logistical resources adapted to the situation.

MSF is independent of any political, religious or military power, work impartially and job control only needs of affected populations, after thoroughly evaluate their health needs.

Different countries, different problems

In each of its projects in nearly 70 countries around the world, MSF focuses on burning health problems of the area. They focus on basic care for mother and baby, birth attendants carried out vaccination campaigns, such as measles or cholera, leading nutrition center for malnourished children. Many projects focus on HIV / AIDS and tuberculosis . In addition to active treatment trains MSF national staff, introducing new treatment protocols and equip hospitals and clinics to local authorities to healthcare projects take time.

Refugee Camps

MSF is often the sole provider of health care in refugee camps around the world. I here give the people the right care they urgently need. For example, in South Sudan among others struggling with an epidemic of jaundice , to lead Haiti cholera centers in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq provide basic medical care and psychological support Syrian refugees. In Dadáb largest refugee camp in Kenya for many years desperately overcrowded, they manage to provide care despite the security risk. In addition to health care medical teams in camps care about sanitary conditions - help build latrines and ensure the supply of drinking water.

Neglected diseases

MSF with its activities also trying to break the vicious circle of marginalization serious tropical diseases - that means diseases that occur only in certain locations, which are in the world pays little attention. Visceral leishmaniasis (kala azar) and human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness or also HAT) in untreated form always fatal. Along with Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis) these neglected tropical diseases threaten millions of people a year die on the consequences of tens of thousands of patients. Outbreaks of these diseases usually lies in the poor countries of the developing world, uninteresting for pharmaceutical companies and have no interest in the research and production of drugs.

Engage you too

Financial contributions - the most important source of income for MSF, the financial contributions from private donors. They make up more than 90% of all income. Support from private donors, MSF provides financial independence from international institutions and governments, enabling them to provide impartial advice on many otherwise hard to reach places. You can contribute here .

Regular donation by standing order - this is by far the most effective form of aid. Automatically and regularly donating MSF significantly reduce costs necessary to obtain financial contributions while providing financial stability needed to secure financing existing projects, as well as the ability to respond immediately to new acute crisis. For regular donation, you can log on .

International volunteers on missions

Providing humanitarian and medical aid would not be possible without the personal commitment of many experts, who by their profession depart on mission for a period of several weeks to several months and devote their time and professional skills to people in need. Their work is demanding and in addition to expertise requires a lot of motivation, commitment and willingness to give up some time to comfort a normal standard of living. Most of the employees are doctors (surgeons, anesthesiologists, obstetricians and gynecologists, internists, psychologists), nurses and midwives. These include but also representatives of other professions from technicians and pharmacists through logistics or experts on water and sanitation, and financial controllers. Currently, the mission has more than 2,500 international and 25,000 national staff.

Czech and Slovak experts depart on mission with MSF since the nineties of the last century. In 2012 went out on a mission 31 employees, most of them in Southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

More information about the activities and principles of MSF .

Source: U lékař

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