New Ross Credit Union recently made a donation of €25000 to Medecin Sans Frontiers. This donation was made from NRCU’s Third World Fund. Pictured is Colm Doran, Medecin Sans Frontiers, receiving his cheque from NRCU: Peter Walsh, manager, Nick Cashin, committee member, John Dreelan, chairman, Sean Furlong, committee member, and Stacey O Connor, staff member.
€2 is donated to this fund from each member of New Ross Credit Union, which is decided at our yearly AGM. This money was donated to help Medecin Sans Frontiers with their works in Mozambique. Here is an insight into what they are currently doing to help over there:
The impact of Cyclone Idai and flooding in parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe was devastating. Médecins Sans Frontières teams were already on the ground when the cyclone hit, and once everyone was safely accounted for, they were able to assess the needs of affected communities, and rapidly deploy additional medical and logistical staff. Over 100 tons of emergency supplies were flown in.
One month later, MSF has nearly 1,000 staff on the ground to respond to the disaster. We are supporting a massive cholera vaccination campaign led by the Ministry of Health in Mozambique to contain the spread of the outbreak. So far, almost 750,000 people have received the vaccine.
But many families are still struggling to find food, shelter, and health care services and it is critical that people in the areas hardest hit are not forgotten. People remain at risk of illnesses like malaria and malnutrition, which are common after natural disasters, and the local health system will take some time to recover. Thanks to MSF supporters, including the members of New Ross Credit Union, MSF teams will continue to provide medical care and other support to those affected by this disaster.