Medecins Sans Frontieres South Africa
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.
Primarily in response to the HIV epidemic. In Khayelitsha, the largest township in the Western Cape, MSF has worked with the provincial authorities to pioneer comprehensive HIV treatment, including antiretroviral (ARV) medicines, at a primary care level. Today, these clinics support over 6,000 people on ARV therapy.
In 2007, MSF opened an office in Johannesburg. The new office supports MSF programmes in the region and elsewhere by providing medical expertise, recruiting medical and other professionals and fundraising. MSF in Johannesburg also speaks out about medical and humanitarian crises faced by vulnerable communities by sharing information with the South African public, the media, government agencies, and other non-governmental organizations.
Since December 2007 MSF has also been working in central Johannesburg and in Musina, at the Zimbabwean border, to provide Zimbabweans seeking refuge in South Africa with access to medical care. Following the recent violence and unrest, MSF has been providing assistance to the affected population in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Immediately following the eruptions of violence in Johannesburg, MSF provided emergency medical assistance to the displaced population. In the following weeks, MSF mobile teams established a regular presence in 15 sites and treated more than 4,000 patients, distributed blankets, hygiene kits, and plastic sheeting to the sites where the needs are most dire.