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UNA Harpenden: Public Meeting - Medecins Sans Frontiere

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About 40 people came to hear Dr Patrik Kontina, an anaesthetist at the Bedford hospital, speak about the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) organisation and his experiences as a volunteer working for it.  Founded in 1971, MSF (Doctors without Borders) gives medical aid to victims of armed conflicts, epidemics and natural disasters.  Dr Kontina gave many examples with pictures of where he had worked for MSF such as Haiti, Afghanistan and South Sudan.  Resources were often limited, surgical operations sometimes performed without preparation and working conditions could be very primitive.  In 2015 MSF spent over £38 million on humanitarian operation which comes overwhelmingly from private donations so we are very pleased that our collection at the meeting raised £210 for MSF.