Charity of the week
Doctors Without Borders (DoctorsWithoutBorders.org) was founded in France in 1971 by a group of doctors and journalists following the devastating war and famine in Biafra, Nigeria. Their aim was to build an organization that could deliver lifesaving medical care quickly, effectively, and impartially to people affected by conflict, epidemics, natural disasters, or extreme poverty. Known internationally as Médecins Sans Frontières, the NGO has more than 2,500 employees worldwide, working with 30,000 locally hired staff to provide medical care in 70 countries, including Syria, Haiti, Yemen, and Afghanistan. Its medics carry out more than 9 million consultations a year, and run programs ranging from vaccination campaigns to surgical centers. Since its foundation, Doctors Without Borders has treated more than 100 million people.
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