03 Feb Bringing Awareness to and Support for Neglected Diseases
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent medical humanitarian organisation.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) translates to Doctors without Borders. They provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Their teams are made up of tens of thousands of health professionals, logistic and administrative staff, whose actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. They are a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation.
Awareness of neglected diseases in the world is really low, and they have been deprioritized even more this past year.
MSF is working to overcome neglect, and find ways to manage and control NTDs, including treating patients, carrying out operational research, supporting efforts to identify new treatments and diagnostics; and playing an active role in reducing their incidence. They are calling for an improved global response to NTDs, better access to diagnosis and safe, effective treatment and care for patients.
Please reference their report here: https://www.msf.org/overcoming-neglect-report-ntds.
How can you help?
Awareness of neglected diseases in the world is really low, and they have been deprioritized even more this past year. It would help if you could post the link to the report above on your social media pages.
The tags they have been using are #EndTheNeglect and #BeatNTDs. You can also talk about it with your friends, or if they know any journalists, suggest writing an article on this subject. Every little bit of more awareness helps to end the neglect!
If you would like to donate you can of course choose MSF (always good) but one small NGO is noma, for which there is very little support worldwide. It is the most neglected disease of all and it affects the most vulnerable children of the world. Here is a link to learn more:
Thank you as always for your care and support.
POL graduate Margriet den Boer has worked for MSF for over 20 years. For more information or to offer your support, please contact Margriet at [email protected].