Doctors Without Borders needs more expat professionals

Published:  5 Nov at 6 PM
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The Belgian chapter of Doctors Without Borders is looking to recruit more expat medical professionals.

Next Thursday, the humanitarian group is to hold a meeting in Brussels with the aim of recruiting more expatriate medical practitioners to serve as humanitarian workers where they’re most needed across the world. Specialists in medical sectors including surgeons, doctors, nurses, midwives, psychologists, psychiatrists and epidemiologists are being sought, but so are experts from other fields such as logistics, water and sanitation, supply, human resources and the tech sector. In addition, the humanitarian organisation also needs heads of missions as well as project, logistics and medical co-ordinators.

Doctors Without Borders was established in 1971 to give emergency aid to people in regions with little or no healthcare provision, areas where armed conflict is taking place and regions where there are natural or man-man made disasters or epidemics. Some 7,700 aid assignments take place every year, with professionals working with almost 31,000 local staff to give specialist medical care. Head of the field recruitment department Valeria Orlando told reporters the humanitarian group needs many more professionals as its work is now becoming more complex and specialised.

The meeting will be an information session describing how the organisation works, detailing recruitment criteria and demonstrating life in the field. One volunteer, midwife Dominique Luypaers, has recently returned from a stint in Indonesia and is now giving talks in Belgian universities, at health platforms and in schools about volunteering for the humanitarian group, The intention isn’t just to get the organisation and its work known more widely, it’s also to recruit suitable professionals from across the required sectors. Luypaers has been working with the organisation for six years and has undertaken 10 missions, saying it’s a very stressful job, but very absorbing and with huge potential for personal growth and development.
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