"I’d like to share with you our thoughts on these issues—
the nature, value, and accountability of the international aid system—and take the opportunity to reflect on Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s role and responsibilities when it comes to humanitarian action today." - Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director, MSF-USA
This past January, the people of southern Sudan voted overwhelmingly for independence, and in July the world will see the birth of a new country. It will be a country that faces enormous challenges—not least the urgent medical and humanitarian needs of millions of people.
Founded in 2003, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) brings together the academic, medical, public health, and pharmaceutical worlds to create effective drugs to treat neglected diseases like Chagas disease, sleeping sickness, and visceral leishmaniasis.
Papua New Guinea has the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS in the Pacific region. It has also long been plagued by high rates of crime and extremely high rates of domestic violence and violence against women. Seventy percent of women in PNG say they’ve been physically abused by their husbands, according to the PNG Law Reform Commission, and in some parts of the country that number reaches 100 percent.
Hannah Megacz, a New York City-based nurse, has worked with MSF in Cameroon, Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and, for much of 2010, in Dadaab, Kenya, in the Dagahaley Refugee Camp, the largest of three refugee camps set up in the 1990s for refugees fleeing war in Somalia.
After hiding out in the forest for two weeks, this family from the Ivory Coast crossed the river that separates their troubled homeland from Liberia’s Nimba County, then paused before resuming a journey they hope leads to safety. Ivory Coast has been convulsed by months of post-election strife that has forced hundreds of thousands of people to seek sanctuary elsewhere.
Last year, a host of newspaper articles, blogs, and TV reports questioned the efficacy of the international aid system, particularly with regard to its role in the crises in Haiti and Pakistan. At Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), we welcome this debate. Some of the criticisms leveled are valid, some are not. But it’s a conversation that should be had.
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Work With MSF
Between April and June 2011, MSF will hold recruitment information sessions in the following cities: Albuquerque, NM; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY
All prospective medical and non-medical aid workers are welcome to join us for a presentation, film, and question-and-answer session to learn more about MSF’s field work. A human resources officer will discuss requirements and the recruitment process, and an experienced MSF aid worker from the area will share stories of life in the field. Check doctorswithoutborders.org/events/public for more information, and to register. Or please participate in one of our regularly scheduled recruitment webinars.
Please note that there is an urgent need for operating room staff and for French-speaking applicants to work in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Niger, and Haiti, where some of MSF’s largest projects are located.
Starved For Attention Action Kits
Last year, MSF and VII Photo launched “Starved for Attention,” a multimedia campaign that exposes the grave crisis of childhood malnutrition. The exhibition has been staged in cities across three continents, and now you, too, can be a part of the effort to rewrite the story of this largely invisible disease.
An estimated 195 million children worldwide suffer from the effects of malnutrition, with 90 percent of them living in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. In fact, malnutrition contributes to at least one-third of the eight million annual deaths of children under five years of age.
Order a free, specially designed, two-disc Action Kit to create your own event. You can screen documentaries and images collected by some of the world’s top photojournalists, inspire your community to join the effort, and collect signatures for the petition calling for better quality food aid that will be presented to world leaders at the G8 meeting later this year.
Order Your Free Kit
at starvedforattention.org/action-kits.php. The kit includes a DVD of the documentaries, background materials, outreach materials, fact sheets, and a copy of the petition.