Doctors Without Borders Urges Donations Toward Emergency Fund

    Mobilizing nearly adequate financing for its medical programs in Haiti for the next two years, Doctors Without Borders is calling on donors to send their donations to its general emergency fund rather than Haiti in particular, The Star reports.

    “We believe it would be irresponsible for us to (continue to) raise money specifically for Haiti,” said Avril Benoit, Doctors Without Borders Canada director of communications. “We need the flexibility to use the donations when there are other earthquakes, calamities or outbreaks of disease or war.”

    The group is suggesting that fresh donations be deposited in a fund that will back disaster response situations across the globe.

    “We’re very narrow in what we do – we are an emergency response organization,” Benoit said. “To avoid potential overfunding, we want to make sure our donors know where we are … we are not a long-term development organization.”

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