Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization that takes care of people affected by serious humanitarian crises. It is also MSF’s mission to draw attention to the difficulties faced by patients cared for in their projects.
MEDICAL ACTION ABOVE ALL
The work of Médecins Sans Frontières is, above all, a medical work. The organization provides care and preventive care to those who need it, regardless of the country in which they are located.
In situations where medical performance is not enough to ensure the survival of a given population – as in cases of extreme urgency – the organization can provide water, food, sanitation and shelter. This type of action is given primarily in periods of crisis, when the previous balance of a situation is broken and people’s lives are threatened.
MSF’s practice respects the rules of medical ethics, in particular, the duty to offer assistance without harming any individual or group and impartiality, guaranteeing the right to confidentiality. No one can be punished for engaging in a medical activity in accordance with the code of professional ethics, regardless of circumstances, nor who the beneficiaries are.
Fundação Terra is a Brazilian non-governmental organization created to help people living in the area called “Rua do Lixo”, in the city of Arcoverde, in the state of Pernambuco. This community consists of waste pickers, gravel breakers, dock workers, migrants, etc.
TRANSFORMING THE IMAGE AND SELF-ESTEEM OF THE COMMUNITY
Among the actions developed by the foundation are Pax Christi, where in addition to traditional teaching, individuals learn a practical profession, such as sewing, computing, naval welding, etc. The school has a community cabinet, which is part of the professional school, producing cheap furniture of daily necessity – tables, chairs and cabinets – for the community. In the rooms of the Pax Christi Schola, the method of teaching used is that of Paulo Freire, developing a work of stronger self-consciousness.
At the Mater Christi Center, pregnant mothers have prenatal care, receive food and participate in lectures on hygiene and preventive health. Care continues after delivery, during breastfeeding and up to the first year of the child’s life. The center also has a nursery school.
The Domus Christi project houses 21 elderly people, aged 68 to 101, all abandoned by the family. Each one has a small house, with bedroom and bathroom, as well as medical and dental assistance.
The Fundação Terra has also built a communal kitchen, which provides 645 meals per day for children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. In addition, 500 registered families receive basic baskets twice a month.