Doctors Without Borders is a wonderful organization where doctors and other trained professionals and laypeople go overseas and help the needy. Doctors Without Borders is an international organization and the French equivalent is called Medicins Sans Frontières (MSF).
These volunteers work in war-torn countries, countries where there is political unrest and countries that have suffered natural disasters; helping those in need. They also work with people who need medical care, victims of national disasters, and so on. They not only treat medical needs, they treat psychological needs of victims as well. Besides the many medical personnel, psychologists and trauma specialist are onboard.
According to a man identified only as Gomez,
” In Kenya, as in other countries where MSF works, psychologists now form an integral part of the medical organization’s teams. Because mental illness is not always well understood by the general population, many people with more serious mental health conditions—like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder—may not get the treatment they need. “While I was in Dadaab, I saw dozens of people with mental health problems who’d been chained up or shut away by their families, who were at a complete loss as to how to handle them,” says Gomez. “If we hadn’t intervened, they would be completely without hope of receiving psychiatric care and would still be chained up today.”
Médecins du Monde
The founder of Medicins Sans Frontières founded another organization with the same medical goal in 1980. This new organization, Médecins du Monde was created because of the controversy within the administration of Medicins Sans Frontières over Kouchner chartering a rescue ship to receive Vietnamese “boat people” without first getting the approval from the board. Now Médecins du Monde is also international medical organization operating in Vietnam, Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Haiti and Nicaragua. The Canadian branch is located in Montreal. The organization operates in French. Locally they also run a program for the marginalized and homeless people of Montreal.The work these people do is wonderful. When they come canvassing at your door, please donate. I did.
You can also contact the Montreal branch directly at:
514 – 281-8998
There will be a seminar held in Montreal on Wednesday November 14th at 7pm. for Sans Médecin Frontières
To learn more on how you can volunteer your services as a medical professional or support staff.
Register at this site: