Combined Federal Campaign and Doctors Without Borders — CFC #11112

Thank you for considering supporting Doctors Without Borders! We are an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in nearly 70 countries.

When Doctors Without Borders Responds

Armed Conflict

Kenya 2008 © Brendan Bannon

Doctors Without Borders provides medical care to people caught in war zones. Some may have been injured by gunfire, knife or machete wounds, bombings, beatings, or sexual violence. Others are cut off from medical care or denied the ability to seek the treatment they need. Conflict’s consequences are manifold, and Doctors Without Borders has historically attempted to respond with speed, focus, and flexibility in order to deliver the necessary care to those most in need.

 

Epidemics

Congo 2007 © Caroline Fernandez

Doctors Without Borders has a long history of responding to epidemic outbreaks of cholera, meningitis, measles, malaria, and other infectious diseases that spread rapidly and can be fatal if not treated. Over the past decade, Doctors Without Borders has also become involved in the treatment of the devastating pandemics of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, which is the leading cause of death for people with HIV/AIDS. Doctors Without Borders also treats neglected diseases such as kala azar, sleeping sickness, and Chagas, diseases that largely affect the world's poorest people and for which there are, at present, few effective treatment options.

 

Malnutrition

Sudan 2008 © Anne Yzebe/MSF

Malnutrition contributes to at least one-third of the eight million annual deaths of children under five years of age. In 2013, Doctors Without Borders treated approximately 250,907 severely and moderately malnourished children. In many cases, teams employed ready-to-use therapeutic food, or RUTF, a revolutionary product that is changing protocols for responding to malnutrition. In traditional treatment programs, severely malnourished children had to be hospitalized for several weeks to receive treatment. The fact that several weeks worth of RUTF can be given to families and then taken at home means that far more children can be treated than ever before.

 

Natural Disasters

Pakistan 2005 © Ton Koene/MSF

Doctors Without Borders often plays a large role in tending to the wounded and the ill who are left in a catastrophe’s wake. When natural disaster strikes, Doctors Without Borders teams are able to rapidly assess where their expertise would be of most assistance and set up primary and secondary care health facilities, surgical units, and mobile clinics to reach people trapped in remote areas.

 

Exclusion from Health Care

In many parts of the world, certain groups—refugees, internally displaced people, migrants, minorities, the unemployed, prisoners, people with HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis, drug users, sex workers, street children and others—are marginalized and prevented from accessing adequate health care. In these instances, Doctors Without Borders tries to bridge the gap in services and call on governments to make sure that all of the people for whom they bear responsibility can get the treatments they need.

Your support through the Combined Federal Campaign delivers emergency medical care to men, women and children in almost 70 countries. Thank you for considering Doctors Without Borders!

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