We are honoured to partner with MSF to help people affected by disasters and conflicts around the world and to improve health conditions in India.

Our global presence puts us in an ideal position from which to offer help to people around the world who need it most. That is the reason why we support several long-term projects of Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Since 2013, we have supported MSF work with 130,000 Syrian refugees in the Turkish border province of Kilis. Our annual contribution of €1 million to this cause helps MSF teams on the ground provide primary healthcare, psychological support, gynaecological and obstetrics services for women, and post-operative care.

Special units address chronic diseases, education on violence against women, and treatment for people who have suffered torture before fleeing Syria. They also help those displaced at Azaz, north Aleppo.

We responded directly to the 2015 European migration crisis by setting up an emergency relief programme. We donated more than 386,000 items of clothing in aid, which were distributed by leading non-profit organisations including the Red Cross and UNHCR.

MSF units were also quickly on hand for large numbers of refugees caught at border check points, such as in Hungary and Serbia, to distribute essential items to people stranded and in need.

MSF emergency desk

MSF’s emergency desk monitors and manages emergency response teams on the ground, providing highly trained units poised for immediate deployment in a crisis. It also coordinates the supplies and logistics centres which send medical and humanitarian aid materials wherever they are needed most.

Always ready to respond to any unforeseen emergencies and disasters,  their work extends across the world to the needs of victims and refugees caught up in crises, such as the war in Syria, the conflict in Yemen, the Nepal earthquake, the African Ebola outbreak, displacements caused by the threat of Boko Haram in Niger and Nigeria, and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

We have been supporting MSF’s emergency desk since 2011. Our contribution of €1.3 million in 2016 includes funding for two emergency response teams in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic. 

Endemic health issues in India

Our Indian supply chain brings non-profit organisations and other concerned agencies together to improve living standards and working conditions. Complementing this work, we are also contributing to two key MSF programmes.

These address two endemic health issues that are holding communities back and presenting obstacles to social and economic development. Crucially, with expert intervention from MSF, real progress in addressing these chronic problems is being achieved.

When Médecins Sans Frontières started this programme in Darbhanga, north-east India, in 2009, almost 5 in every 100 children under the age of five were severely malnourished. Inditex joined the project two years later and has contributed €2.8 million to date.

The programme has treated more than 19,000 children, with more than 90% of malnutrition cases successfully resolved – making it the most effective means of taking on the problem the country has seen to date.

MSF set up India’s first malnutrition intensive care unit as part of the project, but the current goal is to introduce the model into India’s public health system so that its success can be replicated across the country.

On the other hand, around 200 million people are at risk of infection of Kala azar, or leishmaniasis, one of the world’s deadliest and most dangerous tropical diseases, which is spread by the bite of sand flies and is almost always fatal if left untreated.

One of the most affected regions is Bihar, north-east India, accounting for nearly half of all global cases.

Since MSF began its project to diagnose and treat kala azar in Bihar in 2007, more than 13,000 people have benefited.

Inditex joined the effort in 2010, and has since donated a total of €2.3 million. Access to treatment is now guaranteed and the project has greatly reduced the number of reported cases in India.

The focus of future work is to look at processes to indentify groups particularly vulnerable to infection, including those testing positive for HIV, to develop early treatment regimes. 

The results of our contribution to MSF, in numbers:
  • Annual contribution of €1 million to support Syrian refugees in the Turkish border province of Kilis
  • 386,000 items of clothing in aid to fight against the European migration crisis
  • €2.8 million donated to fight against child malnutrition in Darbhanga in the list five years, with 1,804 direct beneficiaries last year
  • 90% or higher treatment success rate in Bihar