Founded in 1971, Médecines Sans Frontières is an international, medical humanitarian organization that provides emergency medical assistant to people in crisis. Doctors Without Borders operates in over 60 countries and works with patients who are excluded from society and have no access to healthcare. The aid organization has a strong reputation for offering unparalleled medical assistance in some of the most unstable, fearsome countries in “the face of perceived rights violations, dereliction of duty by the international community or threats to the neutrality of humanitarian space from civil-military missions.”
MSF is active in countries experiencing political instability, war, violence, natural disasters, armed conflict, malnutrition, or neglected diseases. The international non-profit provides assistant regardless of race, gender, religion, political affiliation and is politically neutral. Their staff includes doctors, surgeons, nurses, drivers, secretaries, and logistics persons. Though I have no medical experience, it would be inspiring to work for an organization like MSF. The aid organization has none of the flashy perks or typical benefits that come with joining the work-force. The working conditions are mentality and physically draining – the work is extremely demanding. One MSF nurse describes, “the most difficult thing is realizing if the patient was in a developed country, they would live. But because they are in Darfur they don’t survive…you aren’t able to save some of them from very curable diseases and it is infuriating.” Curable diseases, like diabetes, are difficult to handle because medical treatments, like insulin, are not readily available. However, MSF does incredibly work in regions that would otherwise be unserved where people are left to suffer.
Some might ask why an organization like MSF would appeal to me, a Bucknell graduate who could easily join corporate American and make $60,000 in her first year. To be honest, money has never appealed to me (besides for security purposes). What draws me to an organization like MSF is the emotional experience and incredible, personal experience you gain. Top management at MSF understands the personal, learning philosophy that can be achieved through the assignments and it ties into the mission of making a difference. Its employees do meaningful work everyday that changes lives; a very Kantian working environment. This organization does great things and is very transport about their work. I see myself being apart of an aid organization as inspiring as MSF one day.
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