MSF launches bilingual website about its work assisting Somalis
Nairobi, 5 August 2010 – The international humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pleased to announce the launch of its bilingual English-Somali website, www.somali.msf.org. The site features the latest news and information about MSF’s activities assisting Somalis in South Central Somalia, Somaliland, Djibouti, the Somali region of Ethiopia, Kenya, Yemen, Egypt and Malta.
Interviews with staff and patients, videos and photo slideshows on the site provide a direct link to MSF’s work in these locations.
“We’re delighted to be able to launch this new site,” says MSF Head of Mission in Somalia Monica Camacho. “As an emergency medical organisation MSF’s operations are continuously adapting and changing so that we can respond to the greatest needs. This site highlights the wide range of MSF’s work and provides regularly updated information for anyone who is interested in knowing more.”
Press releases and medical and financial reports are available on the site, along with information about MSF’s activities in other parts of the world. Visitors can sign up to receive a quarterly newsletter which will deliver the latest information from MSF direct to their inbox.
“Communication is a vital part of MSF’s operations,” explains Information Officer Ahmed Dahir Noor. “This site is part of an ongoing process to engage with Somalis both in and outside of Somalia and ensure that we are transparent.”
Continuously present in South Central Somalia since 1991, MSF remains the main provider of free medical services and has long-running projects in Banadir, Bay, Galgaduud, Hiraan, Lower Juba, Middle Shabelle, Lower Shabelle and Mudug regions.
In 2010 MSF started working in the Maroodi Jeex Region of Somaliland. MSF teams are also setting up another project in Sanaag Region, Somaliland. In Ethiopia’s Somali region, MSF assists refugees from Somalia as well as ethnic Somalis living in Ethiopia. MSF also works in Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya, Malta and, until recently, Yemen providing medical care to Somali refugees and asylum seekers.
Founded in 1971, MSF is the largest medical humanitarian organisation in the world, with projects in over 65 countries. MSF’s goal is to provide emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender, political or clan affiliation.
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