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What is Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)?
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a non-profit organization that provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare.
How will MSF be using my donation?
MSF has created the COVID-19 Crisis Fund to raise urgently needed funds for their emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. Funds raised will support MSF’s COVID-19 response worldwide, including program costs related to COVID-19 and its consequences. Specifically, the Fund will support:
1) Dedicated COVID-19 Programs: case management including triage, direct patient care, ICU management, and palliative care; building temporary hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients, expanding the capacity of existing hospitals, and setting up isolation wards; implementing or advising on infection prevention and control in other health structures and nursing homes; and health promotion and other infection prevention activities among vulnerable populations, such as refugees, migrants, homeless, and others.
2) Essential tools for combatting this outbreak: To run dedicated COVID-19 programs and adapt existing programs to the COVID-19 environment, MSF’s team will require supplies, including large quantities of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, gowns, and gloves, to protect their medical staff; specific equipment and supplies to ensure a higher level of infection prevention and control (IPC); and pre-assembled disaster kits, such as those used to build a field hospital or an isolation ward, for setting up new and expanding existing programs. Supplies will be sent from logistical centers in Europe and from other key locations to be used now and to ensure emergency preparedness as the outbreak spreads.
Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?
You will not receive a tax receipt as no consumer information will be shared with the non-profit organization.
How did you choose Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to partner with?
The Estée Lauder Companies has selected Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to support with a corporate commitment of $2M for their life-saving work supporting health authorities to provide care for patients with COVID-19; protecting people who are vulnerable and at-risk; and keeping essential medical services running. Along with MAC Cosmetics’ history of giving to the organization ($9M since 2012), the partnership across many of our brands will allow us to drive greater scale and impact in our philanthropic efforts in response to COVID-19.
What steps is ELC taking to ensure coronavirus/COVID-19 preparedness?
At The Estée Lauder Companies, the health and well-being of our employees, consumers and partners is always a top priority. We are monitoring the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation daily, engaging with our medical and travel experts and reviewing guidance from health and government authorities to inform how we are taking action. We will also continue to support broader relief efforts through in-kind and monetary donations. We will continue to do whatever we can to help mitigate this situation in impacted areas around the world and support the global recovery.
What is ELC doing to support the fight against coronavirus/COVID-19?
We are supporting broader relief efforts through in-kind and monetary donations. For example:
In New York City, a grant was provided to support the establishment of The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund, administered by the New York Community Trust, which will support NYC-based social services and cultural organizations that have been affected by this public health crisis. [You can find a press release with more information on our Newsroom.]
Globally, a $2 million USD grant was awarded to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to support their continued life-saving work around the world and response to coronavirus in under-resourced and highly impacted countries. We will continue to do whatever we can to help mitigate this situation in impacted areas around the world and support the global recovery.
We have also partnered with New York State to reopen our Melville, NY Manufacturing facility to produce hand sanitizer for high-need groups and populations, including front-line medical staff.