Unni Karunakara Cycles India to Raise Awareness for MSF
Srinagar, October 12, 2013 – Outgoing International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Dr Unni Karunakara, is taking to the road on a bicycle to travel 5,000 kilometres through ten states beginning in Jammu and Kashmir and ending 100 days later in Kerala to spark a dialogue with the general public, medical students, and healthcare providers on health, healthcare, and humanitarianism. Dr Karunakara will push off and begin his odyssey in Srinagar at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at 1:00 pm.
“I will begin to ride my bike across India – my home country – to fundraise and “give back to the organisation” – an endeavour that will fulfill a personal wish.”
In a span of four months, Dr, Karunakara will cycle the distance between the icy peaks that nestle northern Srinagar and the warm coast that embraces southern Thiruvananthapuram.
“I have been working in international health for eighteen years from treating patients, advocating for life-saving medicines, and fighting to improve access and the quality of healthcare,” says Dr. Karunakara. “I feel I have a unique opportunity to pause, reflect, and explore with people what health means to them and how they experience it. I love to cycle. As a medical intern in India in 1988, I biked from Delhi to Leh and Srinagar to Delhi. I dreamed, one day, to ride from one end of India to the other. Twenty five years later, I can fulfill this dream and combine it with my other passion, which is to connect with people, start meaningful dialogues, and learn from each other.”
This is a journey of over 5,000 kms fuelled by engaging discussions on medical humanitarian aid, MSF’s work and the active involvement of people like you.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent humanitarian medical aid organisation committed to providing medical aid where it is most needed, regardless of race, religion, politics or gender and also to raising awareness of the plight of the people we help.
If you would like to support the work of Doctors Without Borders by donating to the CycleforMSF/Unnicycles project, please visit www.justgiving.com/unnicycles
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