Since 1971, DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS (MSF) has delivered emergency and continuing medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care in nearly 70 countries around the world. This private, non-governmental association of doctors and other health workers and volunteers has served where the need is greatest.
Aid is given to patients irrespective of race, gender, religion, creed, or political convictions. MSF observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance. In 2014 alone, over 100 million inpatients and 8.25 million outpatients were treated by surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, and specialists in all areas of medicine, including mental health. MSF establishes hospitals in war zones to carry on their life-saving work.
It requires persistence, creativity, and flexibility within the confines of war. In Syria, a hospital was developed in a cave, supplied and staffed with all the necessary equipment for surgery and patient care. In South Sudan, there has been significant progress since 2012 in hospital facilities for obstetric patients. Difficult deliveries and pediatric care have saved many lives.
In Haiti, a hospital was built by MSF after the hurricane 5 years ago to meet the need to treat burn victims. After towns and local hospitals were demolished, and overcrowded makeshift housing created an environment for endless fires throughout the country, thousands of burn victims had no medical care. The burn hospital opened up smaller local hospitals for general patient care.
This is where our Third-Sunday collection at the UU Church of Bowling Green can help. Your donation by check or cash in any amount, for this effort on Sunday, June 19th, should be made out to UUCBG. Please write “Third Sunday” or “Doctors Without Borders” on the memo line. All cash and specified checks except pledges will be sent to MSF to help alleviate the suffering and medical needs of thousands of victims of war and other disasters.
The need is critical. Please give generously.
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