Aid Agency: Stop Donating
Aid agency: stop donating (News.com)
Australian branch of aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors without Borders) has become possibly the first in the world to ask donors to stop pledging money to its tsunami appeal. The local MSF branch paused its appeal after reaching its $1 million target in just three days. It decided it would be breaching its ethical code to collect money if it could not be used for its designated purpose, a spokeswoman told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“We can only send a certain number of people at a time. We can’t rush more over because we have to co-ordinate with MSF teams from other countries,” Dorothy Griffiths told the newspaper. Australia’s MSF team has 300 volunteers but so far it has been able to send only one doctor, a nurse and three logistics experts to Sri Lanka, and a doctor and a water sanitation engineer to Indonesia.
Interesting. One would think this would be a widespread issue: There’s plenty of need to go around but only so many rapidly deployable resources.