Médecins Sans Frontières

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Médecins Sans Frontières

 

Corporate social responsibility has to some extent become cliché. The focus has turned to ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ while the key subject unfortunately fades into the background…

 

SGM is known for swimming against the tide. We believe Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) fits our profile and values as a controversial aid agency, for which reason they are actually declined access to some locations in need. But they are courageous and they make a difference.

With the many visitors on our site, we hope to help spread the word of a good cause.

 

Hard work is put into meeting the targets of MSF with a powerful message that it is a human right to receive vital medicine. Volunteering and carefully selected expats are sent to some of the most critical locations worldwide with a mission to help in the hour of need regardless of race, religion, belief or political affiliation.

 

Danish nurse, Kirsten Rold, is one such expat, having dedicated her time and efforts in Liberia in 2008-2009 and again in Ethiopia in 2011. At a lecture at SGM HQ, she talked about an organization getting by essentially through donations, reaching out to victims of several phases of urgency. Phase 1 includes emergency assistance to victims of natural disasters, man-made disasters and epidemics. Phase 2 provides relief aid to instable areas due to political instability and persistent conflicts while phase 3 focuses on reconstruction in areas of poverty, stabile political situations or underdeveloped healthcare.

 

Photos speak for themselves while a hospital in Liberia with beds for 176 children never had less than 280 children hospitalized at a time. Fighting an infant mortality rate of 235 out of 1000 children never making their 5th birthday, MSF expats do not lose focus on the importance of educating national personnel to ensure a better future development.

 

Diseases such as HIV, AIDS, Malaria, Cholera and TB still affect millions in Africa. Life-sustaining treatments, vaccines, food for intensely undernourished children, clean drinking water, and basic medical assistance help saving lives. MSF helps saving lives. 

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