Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
The Hilfswerk GL Zürich supports Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in two projects:
The first project is a nutritional programme for malnourished babies in Niger in the regions of Zinder and Magaria. According to the UN, Niger is the poorest country in the world. Every year between May and November there is a “chronic hunger crisis”. MSF runs several nutritional centres in Niger, where approximately 150’000 undernourished children are treated yearly.
Since 2012 MSF also focusses in particular on preventive treatment of malaria for babies. The fight against malaria is of crucial importance since – in combination with malnutrition – this disease can be fatal.
The second project is an emergency relief programme providing medical and humanitarian aid to war refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. Since the beginning in 2012 of the armed conflict in Syria, 2,6 million Syrians have fled the country and over 9 million people have sought refuge elsewhere within the country. The UN describes the civil war in Syria as the worst refugee disaster since the genocide in Ruanda in 1990. MSF not only supports the refugee population in neighbouring Iraq and Lebanon but also the people in need in Syria itself.