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Even rather small amounts can bring relief to Corona crisis areas: It costs only 966 Euro to buy a 45 square meter tent which can serve as a clinic or Corona isolation station. 10,400 Euro: That’s the price for 650 complete sets of protective clothing. And 10,800 Euro cover the cost for 168,000 people to have clean water to wash their hands for a month – a simple yet effective protection against infection.
“As an economically sound company, in these times that are so difficult for many, we’d like to make our contribution to help people suffering from Covid-19 and to enable preventive measures,” says Dr. Norman Goldberg. “We are convinced of the long-standing humanitarian work of ‘Doctors Without Borders’ and of the concept of being able to act quickly, unbureaucratically, and efficiently where the need is greatest during the Corona pandemic,” the tesa CEO explains the decision to donate 1 million Euro to this aid organization.
The aid organization ‘Médecins Sans Frontières” / Doctors Without Borders’ was founded in 1971. It steps in where the lives of many people are threatened in war zones, where health structures have collapsed or where population groups are insufficiently cared for. The diverse activities of the teams of doctors, nurses, midwives, and logistics providers include many tasks: They run clinics, set up nutrition centers for children, organize vaccination campaigns and provide refugees or displaced persons with medication, clean drinking water, latrines, and blankets. The German section of ‘Doctors Without Borders’, which was founded in 1993, is financed up to 90% from private donations. This makes it possible to act free of political or economic interests.
CEO tesa SE
“We were incredibly happy about the generous donation from tesa. It represents one of the largest individual donations that a company has ever made available to ‘Doctors Without Borders Germany’,” says Katja Carson. “The money will flow into the global Covid-19 Crisis Fund and makes a significant contribution to both adapting and continuing our existing projects and starting new ones. Three million protective masks are needed every month alone,” says the deputy CEO of ‘Doctors Without Borders Germany’.
deputy CEO ‘Doctors Without Borders Germany’
At present, ‘Doctors Without Borders’ supports people in the fight against the Corona virus in more than 70 countries worldwide. In many regions, the number of infections is still growing exponentially. Clinics are overburdened and health systems are increasingly overwhelmed. The organization takes measures to control infections, carries out screenings, sets up isolation areas, trains employees in clinics and care facilities, and educates the population. Furthermore, state bodies and public institutions are advised and counseled and their capacities strengthened.