Students raise awareness for Doctors Without Borders

Social Justice students at ADSS launch awareness campaign with presentation at school auditorium.

Students from Alberni District Secondary School present their awareness campaign for Doctors Without Borders in the ADSS Auditorium last month.

Students from Alberni District Secondary School present their awareness campaign for Doctors Without Borders in the ADSS Auditorium last month.

Tyson Laderoute Cody De Adder, and Jake Maillet from Anne Ostwald’s Social Justice 12 class put on a presentation on Wednesday, January 21st 2015 to create awareness for the organization Doctors Without Borders.

The amount of people who showed was underwhelming, but the Power Point and presentation itself were well put together and very informative.

Doctors Without Borders was founded 44 years ago in 1971, by a small group of French doctors and journalists who believed that all people have the rights to medical care regardless of the race, religion, creed or political affiliation. Their purpose was to limit the devastation of war.

Currently they have more than 34,000 volunteers around the world helping with diseases, natural disasters, and war torn areas.

Since July 17, 2014 Ebola has been an issue that could have been prevented if the proper precautions had been taken; but because of poor health care in Africa and also little knowledge at the time about Ebola, it was hard for a country with little to no health care to take action against the disease.

Right now Doctors Without Borders volunteers are working in more than 70 countries.

The organization has even received a Nobel peace prize, in 1999, in recognition of its members’ continued efforts to provide medical care in acute crisis as well as rising international awareness of potential humanitarian disasters.

You can help in a few ways: by donation, volunteer (always welcome and may give you some life experiences) and spreading awareness.

 

This article was provided by students in the Social Justice class at ADSS.