Speaker: Dr. Rowan Gillies,President of the International Council of Medecins Sans Frontieres

The year 2004 is a gloomy and exceptional year for humanitarian work. As an international medical humanitarian organization, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) was forced to withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq after many years of work, due to the extreme difficulty of providing humanitarian assistance. Hundreds of thousands of displaced people are still suffering from violence, hunger and diseases in Darfur, Sudan and other areas of crises.

Dr. Rowan Gillies, who was elected as the President of the International Council of MSF in February 2004, will talk to the FCC about humanitarian work in today’s world, especially while humanitarian aid is increasingly being frustrated by a rise in political and military disputes.

Dr. Gillies has been a surgical registrar at Mona Vale Hospital in Sydney and is the President of MSF-Australia. He has undertaken MSF missions to Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Liberia as field doctor and medical coordinator from 1998 to 2001. He has also visited Darfur, Sudan during the summer of 2004.

Date: Tuesday, 21 December 2004
Time:12:30pm (lunch) 1:00pm (speech)
Venue:1st Floor, The Foreign Correspondents' Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong

As seats are limited, please reserve with MSF office at (852)2338 8277 or email to: press&[email protected]

If you want to have lunch, please make the reservation with the Foreign Correspondents' Club at (Tel) 2521 1511, (Fax) 2868 4092 or email to: [email protected]



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