Doctors Without Borders (MSF) team to tour Limpopo to raise funds, awareness for emergency relief

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A team of MSF fundraisers who are visiting Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces (from 2 March to 4 April 2015) to raise funds for MSF’s medical work throughout the world. MSF currently works in more than 65 countries throughout the world. Photographer: MSF SA

Upcoming tour of shopping centers includes free documentary screening and life-saving tools on display when face-to-face fundraisers give shoppers insights on MSF’s medical relief work

Johannesburg– A team of Doctors Without Borders (MSF)’s fundraisers embark on a two week-long tour in Limpopo to raise funds and awareness about the organization’s medical relief work responding to emergencies in flooded Malawi, the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, Central African Republic, Ukraine and West Africa’s Ebola outbreak.
“We want to speak to South Africans at all levels – showcasing the work we do around the world and how their support saves lives. Because of the donations of ordinary South Africans MSF is able to respond so quickly to these emergencies by bringing medical care,” says Kelly Barlow, MSF South Africa’s face-to-face (F2F) travel teams coordinator.

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A team of MSF fundraisers who recently visited the North West Province to raise funds for MSF’s medical work throughout the world. MSF currently works in more than 65 countries throughout the world. Image Credits: MSF SA

Face-to-face fundraisers work in shopping malls in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town to interact with shoppers asking them to make regular donations and raise awareness about MSF SA’s medical work throughout the world. In addition, about three tours are organized per year for the teams to visit different provinces where MSF does not have fundraisers.
The tour (which runs from 24 March to 4 April) will see the fundraisers visit four shopping centers in Polokwane where they will speak to shoppers about MSF’s work. Shoppers will also have the opportunity to learn more about MSF’s projects in over 65 countries worldwide and get to see the tools our fieldworkers use to save lives working on the frontlines.

The Limpopo tour comes after a three week-long tour of the Mpumalanga province from 2 to 21 March.

MSF midwife Carli Britz, recently back from working in a refugee camp in South Sudan where she helped mothers give birth safely, will visit Mall of the North in Polokwane on selected days to meet shoppers and share her experience (full details below).
To give the curious a further look behind the scenes at MSF’s humanitarian work the fundraisers will also host free documentary screenings of the multi-award winning film, ‘Living in Emergency’ in Polokwane.
“We hope that these activities will allow people to directly experience MSF’s work, and to understand how they help our fieldworkers be the difference between life and death for people caught in crisis during natural disasters, conflicts, war, epidemics and when they face healthcare exclusion,” adds Barlow.

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Four decades of civil war have left South Sudan’s health services in ruins. Maternal mortality is among the worst in the world, so ante-natal care and safe births in a medical environment are a key feature of many of MSF’s projects in South Sudan, as here in the Gogrial project in Warrap State. Photographer: Isabel Corthier

F2F team schedule in Limpopo Province (24 March – 4 April 2015)
24 – 26 March – Savannah Mall, Polokwane
27 March – Game Centre, Polokwane
28 March –  Cycad Centre, Polokwane
30 March – 4 April –  Mall of the North, Polokwane

Visits by Carli Britz, MSF midwife
Tuesday, 31 March (15:00 – 17:00) –  Visit to Mall of the North, Polokwane
Tuesday, 31 March (19:00 – 21:00) – Screening of ‘Living in Emergency’ at Protea Hotel (the Ranch Resort), Polokwane
Wednesday, 1 April (09:00 – 12:00) Visit to Mall of the North, Polokwane

About the documentary ‘Living in Emergency’
Focusing on Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the documentary interweaves the stories of four MSF doctors as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under extremeconditions. Each doctor must find their own way to face the challenges of the work, the tough decisions and choices they have to make. The documentary was shortlisted by the US-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of 15 films in the Documentary Feature category for the 82nd Academy Awards. Click here for more information about Living in Emergency.

About MSF:
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international, medical humanitarian organization that provides medical care to those affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and speaking out on behalf of the most vulnerable. MSF gives assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or politics. In 2013 MSF treated over 9 million patients around the world in over 60 countries – including South African, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and Malawi.

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Nelisiwe Ziqugu, Community Health Agent, doing door to door HIV testing. KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Photographer: Peter Casaer

In South Africa, MSF is currently implementing HIV and TB programmes in the KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, while remaining ready to respond to emergencies. MSF South Africa supports projects throughout Southern Africa by providing medical expertise, recruiting medical and other professionals, and advocating for improved healthcare policies.
About MSF fundraising:
MSF is registered in South Africa as a Non-Profit Company (NPC) and as a Public Benefit Organization (PBO) and firmly adheres to the good governance principles of fairness, accountability, responsibility and transparency. Any donations made towards our programmes in South Africa can be accounted for a corporate BBB-EE scorecard.