Philanthropy

“We were looking for a charity that served as many people as possible, and this one looked perfect,” said Jason Hope. That charity is Medecins sans Frontieres, or MSF, an organization of 26,000 doctors engineers, and others that provide a number of different support services throughout the world. An internationally recognized charity, MSF takes in 80% of its money from private donors and 20% fro various governments and corporations, for a total of roughly $400 million. That aid goes to providing various aid related to endemic diseases in third-world countries; it ranges from direct medical aid to helping set up water purification sites.

MSF, also known as “Doctors Without Frontiers” in The United States and Canada, is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Formed in 1971 with the belief that everyone is entitled to medical care regardless of race, gender, politics, or religion. It is divided into five operational offices and 19 sections, officers of which meet once a year in the Sweden headquarters. Between them international operations in more than 60 countries are organized; this includes day-to-day operations as well as emergency situations. Because of its reputation it can quickly organize with local emergency organizations to coordinate its assistance as needed.

While it does provide emergency assistance as needed, it is better known for its day-to-day operations. “We were impressed by some of the heroics performed getting aid to those in need,” said Jason Hope. While most sites tend to be almost boring, they have helped some of the hotspots in the world. This means having to deal with insurgent forces, pirates, and others willing to shoot anyone coming into their territory. Some doctors have been known to use their own vehicles in order to get into some areas; some doctors are licensed with their own planes and are more than willing to use them to bring aid to difficult to reach areas.

However, it bears noting that they do more than provide mere medical aid. MSF is out to help combat disease and sometimes that requires more than just medical aid. it also provides sanitation engineers to help set up water purification sites as well as proper sanitation. There is good reason that it has won the Nobel and Seoul Peace Prizes, as well as general consultancy with the United Nations; it is willing to go above and beyond to see that the job gets done. “We are proud to contribute to their work,” said Mr.Hope.