where the need is greatest
MSF is an independent humanitarian
medical aid agency committed to two
objectives:
1. providing medical aid wherever needed,
regardless of race, religion, politics or sex
2. raising awareness of the plight of the
people we help
where the need is greatest
who are we?
• 1971
– Founded by French doctors
• International
• Independent
– funding
• Impartial
– according to need
– the most vulnerable
where the need is greatest
without borders
where the need is greatest
1999 Nobel Peace Prize
where the need is greatest
when do we respond?
• armed conflict & violence
• natural disaster
• displaced people & refugees
• Famine
• Epidemics
• exclusion
where the need is greatest
first in, last out
• Basic Medicine
• Vaccinations
• Therapeutic feeding
• Reproductive Health Services
• Sexual violence & rape (SGBV)
• Surgery
• Trauma & conflict related injuries
• Psychological care
where the need is greatest
medical activities
• Diarrhoeal diseases
• Malaria
• Respiratory tract infections
• Malnutrition
• Measles
• Meningitis
• Tuberculosis
• HIV/AIDS
• Kala Azar
where the need is greatest
common morbidities ?
NURSE
DOCTORS
RGN
Hospital Doctors
Midwives
Obs/Gynae,
A&E, Paediatrics
PARAMEDICS
Biomedical
Scientists
Nutritionists
Mental Health
where the need is greatest
Who Works for MSF
LOGISTICIANS
Engineers
Water & Sanitation
Experts
G.P.’s
OTHER
Senior Registrar
to Consultant
level
Financial
Controller
Surgeons and
Anaesthetists
Humanitarian
Affairs Officer
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•
•
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2 YEARS PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
TRAVEL EXPERIENCE (min 3 months)
TROPICAL COURSE (ADVANTAGE)
FLUENCY IN ENGLISH, OTHER
LANGUAGES ADVANTAGEOUS
• MANAGEMENT / SUPERVISION
EXPERIENCE
• ABILITY TO TRAIN OTHERS
• ABILITY TO WORK IN A TEAM
where the need is greatest
REQUIREMENTS
• AVAILABILITY OF 6-9 MONTHS
• FLEXIBLE & ADAPTABLE
• WILLINGNESS TO WORK IN
UNSTABLE AREAS
• ABILITY TO COPE WITH STRESS
• COMMITMENT TO MSF
• REGISTRATION WITH RELEVANT
PROFESSIONAL BODY
where the need is greatest
GETTING INVOLVED
where the need is greatest
A virus that people freely want to
have and transmit
Curiosity
Urge to be
engaged
Increased
Sense of
Justice
Heightened
Need to
communicate
where the need is greatest
Symptoms
No Known Cure
Alleviation found from;
• Engagement
• Spreading Virus as far as possible
where the need is greatest
Treatment
Questions?
where the need is greatest
“I learned more in one year in Afghanistan
than I would have in decades at home”
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