The annual Christmas gift goes to Doctors Without Borders

NTNU has a tradition of giving an annual gift to a charitable organization. This year, 200,000 Norwegian kroner is being donated to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) for their humanitarian work in war and conflict zones.

Tre personer står hovedinngangen på NTNUs hovedbygning - tre store tredører. Tor Grande tar representanten fra Leger uten grenser i hånda, bak står lederen av studenttinget og smiler
To the left: Acting Rector Tor Grande, leader of the Student Parliament Morten Eidsvaag Althe, and university lecturer Katrin Glatz Brubakk from NTNU and Médecins Sans Frontières.

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– It makes me happy to see the strong engagement within the organization regarding this year’s Christmas gift. Given the current global situation, many feel a strong desire to help those in need. This year’s Christmas gift from NTNU reflects that desire and goes to Doctors Without Borders. They ensure that medicines, healthcare personnel, and emergency aid reach people affected by war and conflict,” says acting Rector Tor Grande.

Received the most nominations

Earlier this previous month, employees and students were asked to suggest which organization should receive NTNU’s Christmas gift for 2023.

This year, over 100 people submitted suggestions, and nearly half of them proposed Doctors Without Borders. Many highlighted the organization’s humanitarian work in ongoing conflict zones and the presence of personnel on the ground working in challenging areas with a high risk to life and health.

– Doctors Without Borders makes a tremendous effort worldwide by providing assistance to those who need it the most. I hope that this year’s Christmas gift will support Doctors Without Borders in their important humanitarian work, says Morten Eidsvaag Althe, leader of the Student Parliament.

– Invaluable Christmas gift

Doctors Without Borders is a medical emergency aid organization with over 60,000 employees involved in projects in more than 70 countries, including Ukraine, South Sudan, and Gaza.

They base their work on medical ethics and operate according to the impartial principles of providing healthcare where the need is greatest and to those who need it the most.

–A heartfelt thanks for an invaluable Christmas gift. All of us who witness what is happening in Gaza sometimes feel a bit helpless. With this money, we can purchase medical supplies, medicine, and equipment. It means a lot to us who work at Doctors Without Borders, and it means a lot to the people who are the most affected,” says Katrin Glatz Brubakk, who received the gift and the news on behalf of Doctors Without Borders.

Doctors Without Borders estimates that there have been approximately 40 fieldworkers with a background from NTNU over the years.