Melissa Amundson appeared in Face to Face Magazine
We are excited to announce Melissa Amundson’s appearance in Face to Face magazine along with MSF and Noma Surgery in Nigeria. We are very proud of her courage and commitment towards helping those with medical needs, no matter where they’re located!
In the article, she explains Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)’s mission, in how they provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. MSF is a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organization. It was founded in 1971 by a French group of journalists and doctors in response to a famine in Nigeria. Today it is world-wide with over 40,000 staff members. The interventions take place 4 times a year for approximately 3 weeks with the first one taking place in 2014.
She also notes that as volunteers, members understand the risks and dangers of the missions they carry out and make no claim for themselves for any form of compensation other than that which the association might be able to afford them.
Dr. Melissa Amundson is the first American oral and maxillofacial surgeon to participate in the project and was the first American in the surgeon’s pool for OMS. Her project began 18 months prior to her actual departure, with a lengthy vetting process required by MSF. The project continues to grow and flourish in Sokoto with increasing attention to training local surgeons including residents from Usmanu Danfodiyo University. We hope MSF and Dr. Amundson will be there to help make the goal of eradicating Noma by 2023 a reality! We are grateful for all you do!