Tuesday, September 24, 2013

17 wool blankets

Or life-saving treatment for 20 children affected by malaria—these are what a $100 donation to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) can purchase. And it’s why the watch making company NOMOS Glashütte has designed and built two limited editions of the classic Tangente MSF USA
Courtesy of NOMOS
 Private financial support is what allows Doctors Without Borders to operate independently and to respond at a moment’s notice to urgent emer- gencies, often in countries that are customarily ignored. Without funds, there would be no dressings, no medicines, no surgical equipment, no food rations, no flights for doctors, nurses, logisticians and other staff members to reach crisis regions. This is why NOMOS Glashütte has built two limited edition Tangente models to help the helpers.

$100 from the sale of each watch goes directly to MSF, to help provide medical care after earthquakes or floods, during wars and outbreaks of disease, wherever and whenever possible. Here are some examples of the impact $100 can have:
  • –  1,000+ refugees ensured clean water supplies for a week, thanks to chlorination equipment
  • –  17 wool blankets to protect displaced people from the cold,
  • –  5 emergency shelters for families uprooted during a crisis,
  • –  450 emergency food rations,
  • –  20 life-saving treatments for malaria,
  • –  250 Meningitis A vaccine doses,
  • –  90 rapid diagnostic tests for HIV,
  • –  25 full sets of emergency wound dressing supplies for treatment in the field.

    What makes the two NOMOS limited editions extra-special is that customers pay no more than they normally would for a regular Tangente—as both NOMOS Glashütte and the retailers are waiving a share of their margin. The watchmaking company is now supporting the work of the Nobel Peace Prize winning organization with Tangente 38 and Tangente 33 for Doctors Without Borders USA. These are watches for life, in more ways than one.

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