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Walk Without Borders Challenge 2016

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Join the Challenge – 2016

join the challenge. share the journey.

Put your support for Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) into action by walking in solidarity with many of our patients who travel long distances to receive lifesaving medical care. Read the stories below and decide how far you’ll walk. Then raise funds between now and October 15 by asking friends and family to sponsor you as you complete the challenge.


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Countdown – 2016


Get started – 2016

Get started

Step One: Pick a story — then set your own walking goal.

Walk in solidarity with Manishimue, Mohammed or Virginia. Achieve your personal walking target to honour one patient’s long journey to medical help.

Step two: Register as an individual or team.

Step three: ask your network to sponsor you.

Using emails, Facebook, Twitter and more, ask your friends, family and co-workers to sponsor your walk by making an online donation. On your personal fundraising page, we’ll give you tools to help you get the word out to your network. Remember, every dollar raised helps save lives.



Walk In… – 2016

Walk in solidarity with…


in solidarity
with Manishimue

Far from any medical help, Manishimue

Walked for four hours to find a health

centre where she could safely give birth —

but that was just the beginning of her journey.

read her story



in solidarity
with Mohammed

After fleeing Syria and surviving a

terrifying sea crossing, Mohammed and

his family set out on foot from Greece,

finally finding help from an MSF mobile

clinic 900 KM away.

read his story



in solidarity
with Virginia

Too weak to walk from a complicated

form of tuberculosis, Virginia had to be

taken by wheelbarrow in search of

lifesaving medicine and treatment.

read her story


Stories – 2016

Choose the story that inspires you to go the distance to help MSF save lives.

Read Manishimue’s storyRead Manishimue’s story
Read Mohammed’s storyRead Mohammed’s story
Read Virginia’s storyRead Virginia’s story

Manishimue's Story

Walk in solidarity with Manishimue

Manishimue walked for four hours from her village to the nearest health centre to give birth to her second child. But complications ensued and she had to be transferred to a specialized MSF maternity centre in the town of Minova, a two-hour motorcycle ride away, along treacherous mountain roads.

For pregnant women like Manishimue living in rural Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), health services are often hard to reach. There is barely a single doctor for every 10,000 people, and most of those are in the cities. When expectant mothers are ready to deliver, they have to walk long distances to reach a health centre.

The MSF team moved quickly to save Manishimue and her baby. Thanks to this emergency care, Manishimue gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Money you raise while walking in solidarity with Manishimue can ensure that women in some of the most remote and hardest to reach places in the world can access high-quality maternal healthcare in their times of greatest need.

Read Mohammed's Story

Walk in solidarity with Mohammed

Mohammed and his wife Bayan were forced to flee their home in Idlib, Syria, along with members of their extended family. They were just eight of the more than 4.8 million people who have fled Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011.

After a difficult crossing by sea, the family travelled overland on foot, before reaching an MSF mobile clinic on the border between Serbia and Croatia, where they were stranded in a no-man’s land along with 800 other refugees. The children were sick after enduring the cold, rain, and wind on their long journey—without adequate food or shelter.

MSF mobile clinic teams in Serbia—and in other countries on the refugees’ migration route—provide more than just basic healthcare. They also provide food, sanitation, shelter, mental health support, and basic items important for health and survival.

When you walk in solidarity with Mohammed and his family, you’re raising funds to provide much-needed care for people fleeing conflict, as they search for safety and a better future.

Read Virginia's Story

Walk in solidarity with Virginia

Virginia has a complicated form of tuberculosis (TB) that doesn’t respond to the drugs normally used to treat this deadly disease. After travelling to a hospital in the capital of Zimbabwe for initial treatment, Virginia was able to return home to her children to complete the 18 months of medication for her drug-resistant TB, thanks to an MSF-supported clinic closer to her home.

When she first started treatment, Virginia recalls, she was so sick she couldn’t walk on her own as the drugs have many unpleasant side effects. Later, MSF nurses brought her medication to her at home—along with a metal walker to help her learn how to use her legs again.

“Now I can walk on my own,” Virginia says. “I can now carry my daughter on my back like other mothers do.”

Each year, MSF treats tens of thousands of patients for TB in dozens of countries around the world. When you walk in solidarity with Virginia, you ensure that patients access lifesaving care that would otherwise be out of reach.

How far is that – 2016


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