As an independent organisation that relies solely on our donors for funding, your support is absolutely crucial to our ability to provide medical assistance to millions of people every year.
Whether responding to casualties of war, people in danger from deadly epidemics, those in great need after an earthquake or a victim of sexual violence; the funding we receive from our donors helps us stay flexible, prepared and able to act swiftly in times of crisis.
In 2011, Médecins Sans Frontières carried out 8,300,000 outpatient consultations and dealt with 445,000 inpatient admissions in 68 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Armed conflict was the most common cause of humanitarian and medical crises, followed by epidemic or endemic disease outbreaks.
In 2011 your donations helped us to:
Assist in the delivery of 192,000 babies
Treat 1,422,800 cases of malaria
Provide antiretroviral treatment for 201,600 HIV patients
Treat 54,300 patients wounded in conflict or violence
Treat 130,800 cholera sufferers
Perform 73,100 surgical interventions
Treat 14,900 victims of sexual violence
Carry out 169,700 individual mental health consultations
Vaccinate 952,600 people for meningitis in response to meningitis outbreaks
Your donations at work in the field:
“I was one of the first patients who started ART with Médecins Sans Frontières in Kapiri, which has been great for me. Now I can work, I even have a field from which I harvest 50 bags of Maize. I have a garden; I feel happy, very happy. I didn't feel well when I was sitting at home. I feel happy to come out and help my fellow friends. A lot of them knew me when I was sick; they saw the way I was, and today I give my testimony to them. So they are happy and a lot have come out in the open about HIV, and stigma has been reduced in the community”
Mary is one of the first patients to have received antiretroviral treatment (ART) from Médecins Sans Frontières HIV/AIDS program in Kapiri, Zambia. Since 2004, she has been involved in awareness-raising activities in the community to encourage people to be tested for HIV/AIDS.
“When I arrived in the IDP camp in Darfur, there was limited care available to women during pregnancy or childbirth. Women were dying from preventable post natal hemorrhage and infection and diseases like malaria. Through the generosity of donors we were able to provide basic medications, improve antenatal care and provide a safe and clean environment for labour and delivery. The basic care any woman, anywhere should be afforded.”
Margaret Bell, Médecins Sans Frontières Nurse and Midwife