CAW Boosts Médecins Sans Frontières Syrian Aid Work

April 6, 2013, 3:37 PM EST

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A financial contribution of $50,000 made by CAW to global humanitarian relief organization Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) has boosted much needed aid work being delivered in war-torn Syria, said MSF's Julie Francis.

Francis, MSF's Donor Engagement Officer, delivered a presentation to CAW Council delegates on April 6, highlighting the important health services to the citizens of Syria, impacted by a two-year civil war that has devastated the country's healthcare system.

"Healthcare has been pushed to clandestine networks and through underground channels," Francis said, also noting that more than 70,000 Syrians have been killed since March 2011.

The CAW donation has been used by MSF members on-the-ground in Syria to support emergency surgeries, provide life-saving supplies as well as conduct primary healthcare consultations, maternal care and training in the use of surgical kits, anesthesia, among other initiatives.

Médecins Sans Frontières was established in 1971 by a small group of French doctors who had worked in Biafra. Upon their return, they were determined to find a way to respond rapidly and effectively to public health emergencies, with complete independence from political, economic and religious influences.

Today, MSF is one of the world's leading independent international medical relief organizations, working in around 80 countries worldwide and with operational centres and national offices in 19 countries.

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