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Thursday, 13 June 2013

the journey of doctors without borders

to give some background, medecins sans frontieres (aka "msf" or "doctors without borders"), is a medical humanitarian organization. since its establishment in 1971, msf has been committed to providing free emergency medical treatment for victims of wars, epidemics and natural disasters; and also to those excluded from healthcare (such as refugees and discriminated social groups). examples of the services they provide include surgical care, primary healthcare, nutrition programs, emergency care, water and sanitation facility improvement, mental health care, rehabilitation of hospitals, and training.

msf was awarded the nobel peace prize in 1999 in acknowledgement of its efficiency, impact and impartiality in the practice of humanitarian aid. in 2012, msf dispatched approximately 27,000 doctors, nurses, water-and-sanitation experts, financial administrators, logisticians, and other relief workers to over 60 countries around the world. unlike many international ngos, msf does not accept government funding to ensure that they are able to access populations in distress without political, religious, economic or military agenda. further information can be found here.

msf hk will be holding its first ever awareness-raising event in kuala lumpur at the end of june. there will be a photo exhibition highlighting msf's frontline medical relief work, presentations by returned msf field workers, and documentary film screenings. there will be admittance charge. please find further details of the event below. msf will be promoting the event online and also through a few publications.

however they were also hoping to further publicize the event by placing fliers and possibly also posters at a few popular restaurants and cafes. they would like to place some fliers advertising the event at your restaurants. with your permission, they will send you a quantity of fliers (50-100) to your mailing address and would be grateful if you could display them on your tables and bar-tops. it would be a simple and cost-free way of helping msf to raise awareness for populations in distress. as the event is fast approaching, i would deeply appreciate your expediency in responding asap. 

(please e-mail me if you would like to help, thank you.) 

the journey of doctors without borders 

film screening (open for all) 
film title: positive ladies
note: the short documentary will be followed by a sharing to be given by a Malaysian field worker from 2100 – 2130 

about the film: a group of hiv positive women, in one of zimbabwe’s poorest townships, decide to form a football team named arv swallows and win a tournament trophy. they start off barely being able to kick a ball. people laugh at them; ask them how women, especially sick ones, can possibly play football. the film focuses on the lives of four players - follow them in their daily lives, in their visits to the clinic, to church, to practice and to the football games. trailer

film title: living in emergency 

directed by: joanna stavropoulou / msf  
date: 28 june 2013, friday 
time: 2030 - 2100

directed by: mark hopkins
date: 29 june 2013, saturday 
time: 1300 – 1700 (including q&a with msf representative) 

about the film: filmed in the war-zones of liberia and congo with unprecedented access to the field operations of msf, living in emergency follows four volunteer doctors as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions. more details trailer

open hours: 
26 june 2013, wednesday, 1700 to 2100 
27-30 June, thursday-sunday, 1100 to 2100
photo exhibition is open for all

an exceptional opportunity for an intimate understanding of msf through a combination of a photo exhibition and film screenings. they follow the major emergencies, natural disasters, epidemics and conflicts that have shaped and defined msf’s identity today – neutral, impartial and independent in its delivery of medical and humanitarian aid to the world’s most neglected patients. the event also highlights the stories of our malaysian field workers; the pain, joy and reality of working in emergencies. 

official launch of “behind the scenes: the journey of doctors without borders” 

26 june 2013: launch of the five-day event to be attended by ngos, academics, think tanks, moh  (by invitation only) 

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