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Your support allows us to provide medical aid whenever and wherever it is needed. With your help, we can react to emergencies as soon as they occur and give high quality care to those who need it most.

80% spent on field work

Médecins Sans Frontières Australia strives to operate efficiently and to minimise fundraising and administrative costs. In 2013, 80.26% of funds received went directly to our field work; 4.85% was spent on administration and management; and 14.89% on fundraising.

In contributing to our vital work your donations may be used to:

  • rehabilitate hospitals and clinics
  • assist victims of violence, war or armed conflict
  • provide clean drinking water
  • battle epidemics and carry out vaccination campaigns
  • perform emergency surgery
  • run feeding centres for malnourished children
  • assist victims of sexual violence
  • respond to natural disasters
  • treat patients with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, sleeping sickness and HIV/AIDS
  • provide medical and psychological care to marginalised groups such as street kids and refugees


What your support can provide

Somalia, 2007: At a former University campus near Mogadishu, an estimated 50.000 displaced people seek refuge among the local population. MSF responds by providing 48,000 litres of safe drinking water every day. © MSF

$20 a month can provide a months clean drinking water for 40 refugees

"These people have literally nothing, maybe a blanket stained with urine and diarrhoea from lost children, a bucket and a spoon for the entire family, the kids play with dirt and old batteries. During decades of war, nothing has been considered ‘a right’, as we say in developed countries, not food, water, education, nor healthcare."

Australian nurse, Trish Schwerdtle describes her first week of her first Médecins Sans Frontières mission in South Sudan.



Cambodia, 2007: Khen and her husband are HIV positive. Although she's suffering from malnutrition, it's rice harvest time and she must start work in the field at 7am. Here she discusses nutrition with an MSF national staff member. © Dieter Teleman

$35 a month can provide lifesaving antiretroviral treatment for someone living with HIV/AIDS

"The average cost of hospitalisation for an HIV related illness is almost five years of annual income for a peasant farmer. I saw too many peasants crying at my feet, heard too many stories of how they pulled their children out of school, their family wouldn’t pick up the phone anymore when they called; how terribly degrading it must have been to beg for help"

Dr Karen Kiang, from Victoria, describes her first mission in Nanning, China where Médecins Sans Frontières provides free antiretroviral drugs and counselling to HIV/AIDS patients.



DRC, 2008. MSF responds to a cholera outbreak in a mining city of 350,000 people. As well as treating patients, community health workers educate the population on cholera prevention and accessing treatment. © François Dumont

$50 a month can treat 252 cholera patients

"The first case was a five year old called Benjamin. Arriving on our weekly visit we found him in the observation ward, an earthen floored hut next to the clinic, half conscious with the characteristic sunken eyes of a cholera patient."

Colin Beckworth, an English nurse, describing the challenges of dealing with Cholera in a remote part of DRC.




Myanmar, 2006: Healthcare here is largely inadequate and the population endures widespread and often hidden suffering. 80% live in malaria risk areas. MSF runs a malarial control and treatment project. © Claude Mahoudeau

$100 a month can provide 800 rapid tests to diagnose malaria.

"The consultations were one after another a long chain of young women in their neon-coloured pagnes bringing in their sick babies. One woman came with her two-year-old boy, supine with malaria, which accounts for 50% of our morbidity here; 28 years old herself, the woman said this was her tenth child, six of whom have already died."

Sean Healy from Sydney, working as a Field Coordinator in a remote town in Burundi in 2005, gives an account of the serious impact of Malaria.



Haiti, 2007: MSF treats victims of violence in one of Port Au Prince most violent areas. Violet, 22, was six months pregnant when a stray bullet hit her while she was at home. The bullet killed her baby. © Pep Bonet

$200 can provide infection fighting antibiotics to treat 74 wounded people

"The city of Port Harcourt in the oil rich Niger Delta is known for gang and cult violence, with frequent outbreaks of shooting. Hardly a day goes by that we don’t receive a shooting victim. During my first night we had reports that there was gunfire south of us here and only now are the patients filtering in. Many of the injured are women and children caught in crossfire of violence"

Anna Dicker, a nurse from NSW, describes the context of her second Médecins Sans Frontières mission in a trauma hospital in Nigeria.



Russia, 2008. A little girl at the Internally Displaced Persons settlement in Ingushetia. MSF is one of only a few medical aid agencies providing aid to the estimated 18,000 displaced persons who had fled the conflicts in Chechnya. © Misha Friedman

$500 can provide a basic Health Kit containing drugs and medical equipment to provide care for 10,000 displaced persons for 3 months.

"The sadness of the situation was a major challenge. Many people would arrive with nothing; they would not even have enough food for the next day. They would find mud and grass and try and build their life again on the outskirts of the town".

Dr Anne Kleinitz, from Victoria, on the situation faced by the internally displaced people she assisted during her first mission in Darfur, Sudan.