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Mon May 11, 2020, 09:54 PM

Doctors Without Borders dispatched to help the Navajo Nation

At least two teams from Doctors Without Borders are working with Native American communities in New Mexico to help curb the spread of coronavirus, the organization told CNN.

A nine-person team arrived in Gallup late April and has been working with the Navajo Nation since, said aid worker Jean Stowell, who heads the organization's US Covid-19 response team. The team expects to remain there until June.

The Navajo Nation is the largest US Indian tribe and its capital lies about 25 miles northwest of Gallup, according to the New Mexico Tourism Department.

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"Historically, the Navajo Nation has not received the same attention and resources as other communities in the US, and that has made it particularly difficult for them to respond to this unprecedented epidemic," Stowell said.

"The leadership of the Navajo Nation as well as the Indian Health Service welcomed our support, and we are happy to join them and other non-governmental organizations working to control the outbreak in this community," she said.

https://www.azfamily.com/news/us_world_news/doctors-without-borders-dispatched-to-help-the-navajo-nation/article_75cebe28-93eb-11ea-aef6-27178b0f5241.html

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Reply Doctors Without Borders dispatched to help the Navajo Nation (Original post)
DesertRat May 2020 OP
Cha May 2020 #1
CaliforniaPeggy May 2020 #2
GusBob May 2020 #4
CaliforniaPeggy May 2020 #6
sheshe2 May 2020 #3
littlemissmartypants May 2020 #5
Skittles May 2020 #7
diva77 May 2020 #8
SergeStorms May 2020 #9
SheltieLover May 2020 #10
JudyM May 2020 #11
DesertRat May 2020 #12
ananda May 2020 #13

Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 10:02 PM

1. KR! TY DR!

BeSafe!

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 10:04 PM

2. I am relieved to hear that MSF is helping the Navajo Nation.

They have done great work all around the world, and now they're helping our own Native People.

It makes me sad that we cannot take care of our own, but there is no will for it, esp. with the administration we now are occupied by.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Mon May 11, 2020, 10:33 PM

4. I work for the IHS

Clearly the pandemic is overwhelming their clinics there. It would overwhelm any healthcare system

Elsewhere across the country IHS providers are doing what they do

I know for a fact, in our district the clinics are fighting the good fight under very difficult circumstances. The clinics are staffed by hard working and dedicated providers and are very well managed

Our clinic is in an area considered “frontier medicine “ by Medicare. The staff and Natives are somewhat accustomed to hardships. We just had to ramp it up for the pandemic. I work with heroes from housekeeping to administrative everyone pitched in


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Response to GusBob (Reply #4)

Mon May 11, 2020, 10:52 PM

6. Thank you for your illuminating remarks, my dear GusBob!

I appreciate the closer look your remarks gave me, very much.

I don't know very much about the situation, so I appreciate your helpful post.

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 10:10 PM

3. Good to hear.

"Historically, the Navajo Nation has not received the same attention and resources as other communities in the US, and that has made it particularly difficult for them to respond to this unprecedented epidemic," Stowell said.

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 10:34 PM

5. This is wonderful news. ❤ nt

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 11:14 PM

7. I am a DWB donor

love them

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 11:31 PM

8. K&R

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 12:42 AM

9. Wonderful.

They can use all the help they can get. Once again the indigenous people of this country are forgotten by the government that promised them the world for their land. Our government always screws over the Native Americans, and I'm sick of it!

DWB does so much good work all over the world, and I'm so happy they're helping the Navajos.

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:19 AM

10. K&R!

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:21 PM

11. Great humanitarian organization.

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Wed May 13, 2020, 09:43 AM

12. When people want to argue that the U.S. has the greatest healthcare system in the world...

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 09:48 AM

13. These doctors are utter angels!

Well done!

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