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Vix's Jordan Jaunt

Walking 640km Jordan Trail solo for Médecins Sans Frontières (UK) because MSF bring hope where it's needed most

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Médecins Sans Frontières (UK)

We provide emergency medical care worldwide to people affected by conflict & disasters.

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I’m walking the 640km Jordan Trail solo to fundraise for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Also known as Doctors Without Borders, MSF delivers lifesaving medical care to the people who need it most, regardless of where they are or whether their stories have hit the headlines.

If you haven’t heard of them, learn about their work here: http://www.msf.org.uk/content/stories


Why the Jordan Trail?

Stretching north from the Red Sea, the Jordan Trail encompasses a range of challenging terrains, from rolling hills and mountains to deserts. It passes the sites of ancient civilisations http://jordantrail.org/about/.

It's time to test myself on a trek of over 500km, and I've wanted to see Jordan ever since I worked in nearby Lebanon but was unable to visit. Imaging walking into the back entrance of Petra!

Why MSF?

For starters, MSF works in Jordan. The organisation provides vital care for some of the country’s 600,000 Syrian refugees, as well as for vulnerable Jordanians.From treating diabetes and heart problems to providing trauma surgery, MSF's work in Jordan is varied and important.

But this is personal, too. I've worked with MSF three times:

1. In Swaziland, as part of efforts to combat the epidemics of HIV and TB epidemics that contribute to an average life expectancy of just 49 years. See: http://www.msf.org.uk/country/swaziland

2. In Lebanon, where MSF was responding to the outbreak of war in Syria. This led to a huge increase of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. See: http://www.msf.org.uk/country/lebanon

3. In Kyrgyzstan, again as part of a TB project in Osh. Despite high rates of TB, people in Kyrgyzstan struggle to access the care they need. See: http://www.msf.org.uk/country/kyrgyzstan

More than 90% of MSF's funding comes from people like you and me. MSF doesn't need government money that comes with strings attached — so by remaining independent, it can go wherever the need is greatest.


When you donate today, you'll be supporting MSF's vital work — both in Jordan and around the world.

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  • MSF doctor at world TB event 2013
  • The Jordan trail country map +21

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