Issue 10 – Doctors Without Borders

 

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Doctors without Borders

The Doctors without Borders provides emergency medical assistance to people who are refugees and had no access to medical treatment. They also provide emergency medical assistance to people that have survived natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, floods, even armed conflict.

They are a neutral organization that provides high quality medical care with about 22,000 doctors, nurses, logisticians, water and sanitation experts, administrators, and other professionals that are qualified for the jobs. They have a long history of treating epidemics that have devastated the populations of countries that have little or no medical help.

They have treated cholera, meningitis, measles, malaria, and other diseases that could have been fatal if not treated. They also treat AIDS/HIV, and tuberculosis. They also help with malnutrition and help during armed conflict.

They have a research branch that conducts studies to bolster their teams’ effort to understand the medical and nutrition need in their expertise. They have gone to countries such as Egypt, China, Japan, Italy, France, Greece, India and others that need help.

 

Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, December 2011

One of the disasters was a bomb blast in the center of the northern Afghan city of Kunduz the Doctors without Borders then received 22 patients at its surgical hospital. However five patients died during surgery leaving seventeen patients to be treated. They also launched a multiple casualty plan that classifies patients according to their severity of their injuries. The Doctors without Borders were able to identify what patients need immediate treatment. They have been running their hospital since August 2011 and have been providing emergency treatment and follow-up treatment to people wounded in conflict and for those suffering from life threatening injuries.

 

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Another disaster was after aerial bombs and a rocket struck localities in the west of Syria’s governorate, 44 patients received treatment at a field hospital run by the Doctor without Borders. Thirty-six patients arrived in the afternoon after explosives landed on a village and one landing on a bakery. One patient died of her wounds while being taken to Turkey. At this time the Doctors without Borders is working in three hospitals in northern and northwestern Syria controlled by opposition groups.

 

 

In conclusion the Doctors without Borders help people who need medical help when there is natural disasters, armed conflict, people who have been displaced and denied medical help by corrupt governments, and diseases.

 

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