Aizu, Japan — November 16, 2023 — SIGMA announces an immediate special donation of 10,000,000 JPY to the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Emergency Team Fund. The donation, made through MSF Japan, will directly support the specialized MSF Emergency Team, which operates worldwide to provide emergency assistance in situations where lives are immediately threatened due to conflicts or natural disasters, including emergency medical assistance to people affected by conflict in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
SIGMA strongly aligns with the goals and philosophy of Médecins Sans Frontières. As a corporate sponsor for more than 21 years, SIGMA has supported MSF in its mission to provide outstanding medical care and comprehensive humanitarian aid, driven by the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. Including previous special donations to the MSF Emergency Team Fund in March 2022 and March 2023, SIGMA has now contributed more than 100,000,000 JPY in addition to its ongoing corporate sponsorship of MSF Japan.
We express deep concern about the rapid increase in situations requiring immediate humanitarian assistance in recent years. We believe that peace and fraternity are fundamental human desires. Creativity and artistic expression, whether through photography or other means, are inconceivable without these ideals. While we feel a great sense of responsibility and purpose in contributing to the international community through donations such as those made to MSF Japan, we remain committed to exploring ways to create a world in which such support will one day no longer be necessary.
About Médecins Sans Frontières
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) is an international, independent, private and non-profit organisation. Founded in 1971 in France, MSF provides emergency medical assistance to people affected by conflict, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. In 2022, we operated in 75 countries and regions around the world, with approximately 49,000 health professionals, logistic and administrative staff. Established in 1992, MSF Japan recruits and dispatches staff to fields assignments, bears witness of our patients and field staff, and raises fund to contribute to our social mission.
MSF Japan Website: https://www.msf.or.jp/english/
About the MSF Emergency Team
The Emergency Team is a specialized support team that responds immediately to particularly urgent ’emergencies’. MSF operates anywhere in the world where lives are being threatened. Among these, the Emergency Team is responsible for responding to “emergencies” that require particular urgency and expertise. It is an elite team of personnel with unique know-how and a wealth of experience. If MSF were a hospital, the Emergency Team would be the ER that provides life-saving response on the front lines.
The MSF Emergency Team (Japanese): https://www.msf.or.jp/eteam/
More Information Regarding SIGMA’s Humanitarian Support:
- About SIGMA’s Participation in MSF Japan’s Corporate Supporter Program (July 19, 2007)
- About SIGMA’s Online Fundraising Program (Japanese)
- SIGMA Announces Special Donation to Médecins Sans Frontières Emergency Team as Part of its Comprehensive Humanitarian Support Program (March 23, 2022)
- SIGMA Announces Special Donation to Médecins Sans Frontières’ Emergency Team Fundraiser as Part of its Comprehensive Humanitarian Support Program (March 8, 2023)