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Doctors Without Borders - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) (18 April 2016)


Learn about MSF’s humanitarian work: its medical aid and technical work in war-torn and epidemic-affected regions and, in particular, current assistance to refugees from the Middle East.

At the invitation of Women in Nuclear (WiN, IAEA Chapter), the President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Austria, Margaretha Maleh, and some of her team will present their organization’s work. External guests are welcome.

The presentation — after a background description of MSF´s history, principles and activities — will focus on examples of MSF’s:
  • medical work: humanitarian aid for refugees with case studies from Syria, Jordan and Iraq
  • technical projects: remote sensing/GIS for environmental, drought and population monitoring.
It will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

When: 18 April, 12 - 13:30
Where: VIC, M6

Please register here
(if you need a visitor's pass to the VIC, you must register no later than 13 April!)

What is MSF?

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) (Doctors without Borders) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare.

Founded in 1971, MSF offers people assistance based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. A private, international, non-profit association, MSF observes strict neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance, and is not affiliated to any government or political, religious or economic power.

MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 and today thousands of health professionals, logistical and administrative staff provide medical and humanitarian assistance in more than 65 countries across the globe.

Credit: Mario Travaini

Who is Margaretha Maleh?

MSF’s President Margaretha Maleh is a psychotherapist with more than 20 years’ experience and president of the Austrian association for spastic integration (ÖVSE). After her children grew up she decided to offer her help to people in other countries and started going on mission with MSF — so far, to Papua New Guinea, Jordan, Iraq and Bangladesh. Her life experience has often helped her to see the bigger picture when working in the field. In 2011 she was elected to the Board of MSF-Austria and, in 2015, she became the organization´s first female president.

Margaretha Maleh in Papua New Guinea

Credit: Mathias Steinbach