Agent of Change
I believe that Doctors without Borders should win the first annual Agent of change award because their goal was to provide emergency medical aid, no matter where it is needed or who needs it. In 1971, a small group of doctors in Paris formed this organization. This was the beginning of Medecins Sans Frontieres, (MSF) or, in English, Doctors Without Borders. The idea that MSF had is that all people have the right to medical care, regardless of race, religion, or nationality while saving lives from violence, neglect, or their political views. Today, according to MSF, the world needs medical doctors who can provide aid to any nation quickly and efficiently. MSF began as “a couple of doctors with a suitcase and a dream.” Now it is the largest nongovernmental organization for emergency medical care. It has offices in twenty countries and has provided medical help in eighty-five countries, including Rwanda, Chechnya, Kosovo, Liberia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. MSF sends teams not only to locations that are in the spotlight but also to places where forgotten wars continue to cause suffering. Doctors Without Borders is a major force in the area of humanitarian aid, earning its reputation from hundreds of missions at any time providing care to millions of people. Because so much of MSF’s work is done in dangerous locations, it requires that volunteers must have bravery to be an MSF worker. MSF workers have been shot at, wounded, kidnapped, and killed. They have also been infected with diseases that they were trying to fight.
All of MFS’s international workers are volunteers; only a small number of volunteers are doctors. Most volunteers serve as nurses, medical technicians, sanitation engineers, and administrators. More than 2,000 volunteers are helping with medical care around the world. Although the volunteers are paid only a small amount to cover their cost of living, they are rewarded in many other ways. One doctor said that practicing medicine at...
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