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Highlights of #UniteWithoutBorders Telethon: Help Protect Our Medical Caregivers In The Fight Against Coronavirus

COVID-19 remains a health emergency and a deadly threat, especially to the most vulnerable. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been responding to the global pandemic since it began. MSF doctors and nurses are treating patients and supporting communities across Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV), in collaboration with the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an independent medical organisation, has initiated a drive to help medical caregivers in their fight against coronavirus outbreak in the country. 

Here are the Highlights of the #UniteWithoutBorders Telethon:

Jun 28, 2020
20:13 (IST)
Dr. Unni Karunakara, Former International President and Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Institute for Global Health:

We are combating misinformation as well. There's a lot of fear and panic around a pandemic. Stigma is not bad only for the patients but also for the healthcare workers. These are issues of serious concerns. Many healthcare workers in India are being asked to leave their homes. We need to protect health workers not only with PPE kits but also with legal protection for their rights. Doctors are the first one to get infected. 
 
There are large number of people who are at a higher risk. The lockdown happened at the correct time. But the migrant workers who wanted to return home, could've been managed better. Their situation is of concern to us.

We have started treatment facilities in Patna. Testing is going on, our effort is to reach out to the people returning from Delhi and other cities. We need the supplementary health needs to be met as well, like for TB treatments, we need to provide care. This may not be a problem at the moment, it may be an issue later. These are important activities that need to be followed along with COVID care. 
 

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About The Campaign

About The Campaign

COVID-19 remains a health emergency and a deadly threat, especially to the most vulnerable. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been responding to the global pandemic since it began. MSF doctors and nurses are treating patients and supporting communities across Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia.

Now the independent medical organisation is starting operations to combat COVID-19 in India. By setting up dedicated medical facilities to treat COVID-19 patients in Govandi, Mumbai and Patna in Bihar – where needs are huge and growing - and improving hygiene and sanitation among at-risk communities, MSF is working hard to save lives and contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

We need your help to deliver this urgently needed care. Your money will go to support MSF’s frontline medical staff and healthcare workers, supplying them with essential technical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE), plus mental-health support for medical staff working during this stressful time. Your contributions will also go towards containing the outbreak by providing masks and hygiene kits to keep thousands of the most vulnerable people protected.

About The Partner

About The Partner

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) translates to Doctors without Borders. Founded in 1971 we are an independent medical humanitarian organisation that assists people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare.

MSF works in over 70 countries and currently are in nine different states in India. Their teams are made up of tens of thousands of local and international health professionals, logistic and administrative staff. The actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. MSF is a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation. In 1999 the organisation was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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*Disclaimer: NDTV is the broadcast partner for a 2-hour telethon by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to raise donations to combat COVID-19 virus. The donations are received by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and shall be utilized according to a plan prepared and monitored by them. 

 

NDTV has no role to play in the use of donations and will not be liable for any claim(s) made by any person or entity, including any statutory or governmental authority, aris ing out of the collection or utilization of these donations.

 

The global prices for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) have been fluctuating  dramatically since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Because of this the price mentioned for a full PPE kit - face protection, goggles and mask or face shield, gloves, gown or coverall, head cover, rubber boots - may not reflect the final purchase price. As well as being able to procure PPE in necessary numbers, MSF also requires it to be of a necessary standard. The volatility of the global PPE market is likely to continue, which is why MSF has been calling for a form of regulation to allow equitable and reliable distribution of medical equipment and PPE that is of necessary minimum quality.

The cost mentioned is for a kit for a caregiver and not a single PPE kit.​​