Medix Frontiers is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious youth-oriented humanitarian organization of medical students of the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry in Higher Institutions in Nigeria and beyond with the aim of combating the spread of HIV/AIDS pandemic and contributing to the health sector in general. MF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality.
In line with the 6th Millennium Development Goal (MDG), and amongst the aims and objectives of Medix Frontiers, we strive to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS especially among youths in Enugu State and its environs. This we aim to accomplish by encouraging and promoting mainly abstinence from pre-marital and extra-marital sex as the best means of avoiding the infection through the sexual route, and also advocating voluntary confidential counselling and testing (VCCT).
A national movement
MF was founded in the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria in 2005. Its principles are described in the organisation’s charter. It is a self-governed organisation drawing aid from several health and non-health professionals – most of whom are hired – to work on programs in various communities across the country.
MF’s work is based on humanitarian principles. We are committed to bringing HIV/AIDS awareness and screening services to people in high-risk groups, referring HIV/AIDS victims to standard management facilities, and providing basic medical services to people in rural areas, regardless of race, religion or political affiliation.
MF operates independently. We conduct our own evaluations on the ground to determine people’s needs. More than 95 per cent of our funding comes from private sources, not governments.
MF is neutral. We provide care on the basis of need, and we push for independent access to victims of health challenges as required under international humanitarian law.
Quality medical care
MF rejects the idea that poor people deserve third-rate medical care and strives to provide appropriate care to populations far from standard health services. Through our rural outreaches program, in partnership with health professionals, we render free basic medical services, dispense free drugs and make referrals where necessary to the nearest specialist hospitals.