Week 30: Doctors Without Borders
This week, we are supporting the life-saving work of Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Doctors Without Borders helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by “conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare”.
Their mission statement: Medical aid where it is needed most. Independent. Neutral. Impartial.
Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, Doctors Without Borders carries out their work with respect for the rules of medical ethics. They “respect patients’ autonomy, patient confidentiality, and their right to informed consent. Doctors Without Borders treats their patients with dignity, and with respect for their cultural and religious beliefs. In accordance with these principles, MSF endeavors to provide high-quality medical care to all patients.”
The work in communities in crisis. They work quickly, effectively, and act based on medical needs and not political influence. I highly recommend reading more about the individuals who volunteer with this amazing effort. I am inspired by these heroic efforts to provide the best possible care and to fight for health as a basic human right, one that everyone should have access to.
The video above does a great job at explaining their work, but I would encourage you to dig deeper into the many projects Doctors Without Borders is a part of and their rich and complicated history of working in complex and often dangerous conditions.
It is an honor to support their work this week.
Have a wonderful Monday,