October-January Charity: Doctors of the World

CONFLICT & CRISIS

In times of conflict and crisis, barriers in accessing healthcare become exacerbated. Populations living in fear and violence are often forced to leave their homes and communities, leaving their familial network and resources behind. As a result, displaced populations have reduced access to primary healthcare services, emergency care, and medicine. Women and children are particularly vulnerable and risk increased rates of infection and disease. Doctors of the World responds quickly to emergencies by sending doctors and nurses into the field to improve access to health care for local populations. Mobile teams are deployed to treat and provide medicine for hard to reach populations. Doctors of the World remains long after emergencies to ensure sustainability, eventually handing over projects to the local health authorities.

MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH

Women and children living in developing countries lack access to obstetric health care services, resulting in high rates of morbidity and mortality. Most maternal and infant deaths are caused by infections that could have been prevented with increased family planning and pre-natal healthcare. Doctors of the World works to combat high rates of maternal and infant mortality by improving access to basic health care services in areas where women and children have no means of receiving care. Many of MdM’s women and child health programs are based in rural areas, where affordable pre and post-natal health services are unavailable.

HIV/AIDS & INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Infectious diseases like HIV/AIDs, hepatitis C, malaria and tuberculosis are preventable and treatable, but continue to threaten the developing world. Sex workers, drug users, and other at-risk groups confront stigmatization and barriers to accessing healthcare. Doctors of the World works with these vulnerable populations by delivering essential health care services that save lives. Focusing on prevention, MdM provides testing services, counseling and education on safe practices.

MIGRANT POPULATIONS

Many migrant and refugee populations travel long distances with limited supplies of food and water. Along their journey they confront disease, violence, and trauma. These vulnerable populations face marginalization and exclusion from national health services. Doctors of the World believes that access to healthcare is a human right, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, gender or legal status. MdM works with migrant and refugee  populations to improve access to healthcare, providing primary care and psychological support.

More information can be found at: www.doctorsoftheworld.org