Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A somber salute to their self-sacrifice

I was profoundly moved to learn that the staff of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF - in English, 'Doctors Without Borders') involved in the organization's fight against Ebola in West Africa are paying a heavy price for their dedication.  Sixteen have so far contracted the disease, of whom nine have already died.  It's particularly tragic for the countries where they're working, because frequently MSF is the only medical agency willing to both 'put boots on the ground' in high-risk situations, and supply them with what they need to do their job.

Speaking at a press conference in Johannesburg Tuesday, the head of Doctors Without Borders in South Africa Sharon Ekambaram said medical workers have received inadequate assistance from the international community. She said that while many pledges had been made publicly they have not improved the situation in the affected countries.

There's more at the link.

I've worked with MSF staff in several African nations.  I can attest from personal experience that they're devoted, compassionate and hard-working.  If you want to help the international fight against Ebola but don't know how to go about it, a donation to MSF is an excellent way to start.  They won't waste your gift, and don't spend a lot on overhead - only what's absolutely necessary.  I recommend them unreservedly.

(Besides, what other international aid organization has already been so involved as to see nine of its members die in the fight against Ebola?  Despite the dangers, MSF's volunteer staff keep right on working, and more keep arriving to replace those who've fallen ill or died.  That, right there, is Dedication with a capital 'D'.  It puts the CDC's response to shame - not to mention the recent incomprehensible behavior of Dr. Nancy Snyderman.)


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

MSF is the real deal, no doubt about that.
I read in the Wall Street Journal that there are several containers of medical supplies STILL SITTING ON THE DOCK after about a month.