Anyone with “Doctors without Borders” is involved, can achieve a lot with very little.

“Doctors Without Borders” or “doctors sans borders’ (MSF), with its 15,000 employees worldwide is known to respond rapidly to crisis situations. The winning of the Nobel Peace Prize organization is also known that they often can operate in places where no one else. This is the excellent management of the crisis thanks to MSF, which has many highly skilled logisticians in their ranks and act on the maxim of organization, regardless of political, economic or religious powers.

3000 people go year after year for MSF on humanitarian missions. Jed year make even volunteers from Austria on the way to the various crises in the world. From the group of doctors, currently about a dozen in use. The group helps in Indonesia, Uganda, Malawi, Burundi, Burma, Zambia and many other hot spots. About half a year’s duration, on average, their use Surgeons and anesthesiologists except to help in acute cases often shorter time. Such a medical emergency response contributed approximately in the treatment of gunshot wounds in Haiti.


Adventure instead of helper syndrome

What motivates doctors to work in unpaid helper “Doctors Without Borders”? “We do not want to fix the helper syndrome,” says Gabriele Faber-Wiener, director of public relations in Austria MSF, when asked about the motives of “their” doctors. Those who do register are used, often out of a desire to broaden his horizons seasoned with a dash of adventure. And of course, play a role in the awareness that as a doctor with MSF with very little can achieve very much.

The exploration of the doctor’s own limitations as a possible motive. Finally, it is of “basic medicine” to practice where the people live without the technology of our modern time. No matter what stands in the foreground, the work of “Doctors without Borders” is always much more than just a job and is rewarded from an emotional point of view also. Anyone who returns home from deployment, brings in each case with a lot of skills back: to improvise as the skill to diagnose in a really broad spectrum of working in and with a team and to respond flexibly to the diverse requirements. “The horizon expanded to such an extent as in ‘normal’ working conditions would never be possible,” says Faber, Vienna.

Physicians for Successes!

“Doctors without borders” requires, inter alia, general practitioner, preferably with tropical completing his course and emergency medical training. Requirement for admission is the closed cycle. International experience, feeling for other mentalities and high physical and mental capacity properties are sought. For the initial plan should be as general practitioner at least nine months.

Any bidder will be undergo a multi-stage selection process. If this procedure is positive, it goes to a preparatory course, which gives an insight into the work of “Doctors without borders”. The start of the use of time often can be difficult to plan ahead. Whether it will go into a war zone or not, but everyone who works for MSF, already clarify for themselves. Anyway, there are 75 percent of the managed areas no wars. Even those who do not use in front of a war zone, afraid to be sent at the earliest the second crop there. MSF takes over during the project, all costs for travel, subsistence, accommodation and meals, and financed an insurance package. There is a fee to cover the costs incurred at home.