At Christmas time this year, we focus on Ebola and the fight against it. Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 4,919 lives in the region.
MSF’s (Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders) West Africa Ebola response started in March 2014 and counts activities in Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone. MSF currently employs 263 international and around 3,077 locally hired staff in the region. The organisation operates six Ebola case management centres (CMCs), providing approximately 600 beds in isolation, and two transit centres. Since the beginning of the outbreak, MSF has sent more than 700 international staff to the region and admitted more than 5,600 patients, among whom around 3,500 were confirmed as having Ebola. More than 1,400 patients have survived.
To support this fight we have decided to donate 5400 EUR to MSF. This amount will, for example, cover the cost of 113 complete protective gear when treating Ebola patients.
We are pleased to contribute to the great efforts of MSF and wish them all the very best.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) translates to Doctors without Borders. It provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Its teams are made up of tens of thousands of health professionals, logistic and administrative staff – bound together by a charter. Its actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. It is a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation. MSF was founded in 1971 in Paris by a group of journalists and doctors. Today, it is a worldwide movement of more than 42,000 people.