Fast Track Diagnostics supports Medecins Sans Frontieres
FTD is pleased to donate €200k to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) during 2017, €100k of which is specifically for the fight against malaria. A presentation held in Luxembourg brought together all FTD´s employees to better understand the international medical humanitarian organisation. Two speakers from MSF, Katherine Leach and Stephen Legg, presented its mission, its values, its on-the-ground experiences and the “Malaria Bili – Democratic Republic of Congo” project which Fast Track Diagnostics is currently supporting.
This event mainly aimed to raise awareness amongst FTD´s employees on MSF´s activities: “I did not know much about Médecins Sans Frontières and this presentation was an opportunity to find out more about their work. It is important for me to be part of a company which gives the time and the means to inform its employees on how they can get involved too.” said Stefanie Michels, employee at Fast Track Diagnostics.
“We were delighted to have the opportunity to speak to FTD employees about our work and our partnership with FTD, highlighting further ways employees can get involved. We are thrilled that FTD has chosen to support our malaria project in Bili this year, which aims to treat patients with malaria and prevent malaria transmission in children under five in Bili” said Katherine Leach, Major Gifts Officer at MSF UK.
Fast Track Diagnostics has assays that detect malaria and also allow differentiation of the 4 major species. It is now also involved in the DMC-MALVEC (Diagnosis Management Communication - Malaria Vector Control) project supported by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Framework to monitor the species ID, the infection status of mosquitoes and the insecticide resistance profile of malaria vector populations.
About Médecins Sans Frontières
MSF is an international medical humanitarian organisation, supporting people affected by conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation and since its foundation has supported more than 100 million people. Each year more than 2,500 international staff join 30,000 locally hired staff to provide medical aid in over 70 countries worldwide. Medics carry out over nine million consultations a year and programmes run from basic vaccination campaigns to complex surgery. Teams operate feeding centres, fight epidemics and treat neglected diseases like sleeping sickness and tuberculosis.