AzG breaks with disaster fund

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26 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — (AzG), Artsen zonder Grenzen the Dutch branch of Doctors without Borders, is breaking its ties with the Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties (SHO).

 26 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — (AzG), Artsen zonder Grenzen  the Dutch branch of Doctors without Borders, is breaking its ties with the Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties (SHO).

SHO is the umbrella body used by Dutch aid agencies to raise money quickly in the Netherlands for major disasters. The fund mounted appeals last year for the relief operations following the Indian Ocean Tsunami and the South Asia earthquake.  

AzG said in a statement on Tuesday evening that the way SHO raises money from the public poses difficulties for the delivery of immediate medical help to where it is most needed.

Money donated during SHO fundraisers can only be used for a specific crisis for which an appeal is launched, even if the money is needed more urgently elsewhere, AzG said.

AzG director Michiel Hofman said AzG often provided medical aid in areas where there was less of a media focus.

The public interest in the humanitarian problems in Darfur, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Bangladesh is too small to organise a successful national fund-raising appeal. "Yet a lot of money for medical assistance is needed precisely for these types of forgotten conflicts," Hofman said.

AzG plans to organise appeals for specific operations. It also receives support from the national lottery and other agencies.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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