Thursday, March 10, 2016 — JOHANNESBURG, 3 March- A team of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) fundraisers will give shoppers in Rustenburg, Northwest Province, a taste of MSF’s work when they host an exhibition on ‘health care for people on the move and camp setting’ during their tour of the city from 15 to 26 March.
The exhibition – which will be held at Rustenburg’s Waterfall Mall between 22 to 26 March – shows the physical aspects of a refugee camp, helping people to understand the experiences and challenges of those who are forced to flee their homes to seek protection in other countries or to live in refugee camps in the middle of armed conflicts.
“The display is a fully interactive experience where shoppers will be able to touch, see or taste various things used in an actual refugee camp,” says Kelly Barlow, MSF’s Southern Africa Travel Teams Co-ordinator.
The team will also raise awareness and funds to support MSF’s work around the world. Shoppers will learn how they can help MSF to combat malnutrition in South Sudan, assist people forced to flee from their countries due to conflict, including from Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Libya and Sudan, as well as help combat and treat sexual violence in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
MSF works in more than 65 countries, including South Africa. The organisation has projects in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape and in Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal where it works in close collaboration with local authorities to provide care to people living with HIV and tuberculosis.
MSF opened recently a clinic in Rustenburg that focuses on treating survivors of sexual violence. The clinic offers a comprehensive approach meant to overcome the barriers that discourage victims from seeking medical care.
As with all of its sexual & gender-based violence projects around the world, MSF Rustenburg treats sexual violence first and foremost as a medical emergency, one in which the survivor’s medical and psychosocial needs are attended to as soon as possible after the event. Services include emergency contraceptives, treatment to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, and psychological and legal support.
Exhibition & tour schedule
Shopping Mall / Area
15 – 19 March (From 09:00 – 17:00)
Waterfall mall (Dial-a-Bed), Rustenburg
22 – 26 March (From 09:00 – 17:00)
Waterfall Mall (Parking Bay), Rustenburg – Refugee Camp Exhibition throughout the week
FOR MORE INFORMATION & INTERVIEWS:
Interviews in English, Setswana and Afrikaans are possible with our face-to-face fundraising team.