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Tue May 12, 2020, 04:39 AM

Doctors Without Borders dispatches team to the Navajo Nation

Doctors Without Borders is best known for sending medical professionals into international conflict zones in the midst of medical crises. The organization has teams in Afghanistan, Iran, Sierra Leone, Venezuela and 66 other countries. It did not, however, have a medical presence in the U.S. — until now.

Jean Stowell, head of the organization's U.S. COVID-19 Response Team, told CBS News that Doctors Without Borders has dispatched a team of nine to the hard-hit Navajo Nation in the southwest U.S. because of the crisis unfolding there. The team consists of two physicians, three nurse/midwives, a water sanitation specialist, two logisticians and a health promoter who specializes in community health education.

"There are many situations in which we do not intervene in the United States, but this has a particular risk profile," Stowell said. "Situationally, the Native American communities are at a much higher risk for complications from COVID-19 and also from community spread because they don't have access to the variety of things that make it possible to self-isolate… You can't expect people to isolate if they have to drive 100 miles to get food and water. "

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/doctors-without-borders-navajo-nation-coronavirus/

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Tue May 12, 2020, 06:16 AM

1. A great organization.

The fact that they felt the need to send a team to the US says a lot about the third-world healthcare we have for some populations. We move closer and closer to third-world status every day in many parts of this country.

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Tue May 12, 2020, 06:20 AM

2. Promises Made...

Promises Broken.
They give them their own nation.
But when it counts, The Navaho Nation is counted among the neglected nations by world standards.
Making America Great? This is not America, this is Trumplandistan.

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