Chandigarh, 28 April 2017: The international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will host ‘Without Borders’, a six-day event (28 April – 3 May) about access to healthcare, at Alliance Française in Chandigarh.
MSF works in more than 65 countries, including India, and provides assistance to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters and exclusion from healthcare. This lifesaving work forms the basis of the event, which comprising a photo exhibition, film screenings and panel discussions.
“‘Without Borders’ depicts the challenges of seeking and providing health care. While the event is rooted in the specific experiences of our patients and staff, the struggle for access to healthcare has a universal resonance. If human suffering is without borders, the desire to alleviate it should also be without borders,” says Peter Paul de Groote, General Director, MSF India.
On view from 29 April – 3 May, the photo exhibition features the work of award-winning photographers. Shot across MSF’s projects in India, the photos capture barriers to healthcare in cities and the countryside and show how our teams overcome these – regardless of patients’ race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
Film screenings will also be organised on 29 and 30 April. While Access to Danger Zone provides an insider’s view of challenges of delivering humanitarian aid in armed conflicts, Fire in the Blood exposes how patents enabled Western pharma corporations to increase their profits while millions lost their lives. The screenings will be followed by panel discussions with subject experts.
About MSF India
MSF is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare in more than 65 countries. MSF offers assistance to people based on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. MSF has been working in India since 1999, and currently runs projects in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Manipur, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. MSF was awarded the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development in 1996 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.