Aid Agency Work On Display At Cultural Festival

A Nobel Peace Prize-winning aid agency will be demonstrating a Third World field clinic to the public at a cultural festival in Dublin this month.

The facility will be run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) at the Festival of World Cultures and will aim to give people an insight into the life-saving work of the organisation.

Festival-goers will be able to see how a child is tested for malaria or malnutrition, taste high-protein foods and lie in a mosquito-protected bed.

The independent humanitarian medical agency, which was founded by a group of French doctors in 1971, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 for its work providing aid regardless of race, religion or political beliefs.

“MSF will run an interactive medical tent for two days at the annual Festival of World Cultures in Dun Laoghaire, on Newtownsmith Green,” a spokesman said.

“It will provide a clear insight into the workings of a field clinic, with a treatment area, equipment zone and a photo exhibition.”

The clinic will be staffed by Irish doctors, surgeons, nurses and logisticians who recently returned from volunteering missions overseas.

The 7th annual Festival of World Cultures, on August 25 and 26, celebrates Ireland’s multicultural diversity and features concerts, club nights, fairs, markets, dance, street events and workshops.

Up to 250,000 people are expected to attend this year as 70% of events are free to the public.

More than 800 artists from 80 countries such as Uzbekistan, Mali and Mexico will perform at 40 venues throughout Dun Laoghaire town,

The festival will feature Dun Laoghaire Mela – Ireland’s first ever festival celebrating the culture of the South East Asia.