Liam’s Birthday Charity Drive Update 27/7/15

This year for Liam’s birthday charity drive 1dfansgive has chosen, after getting fan input, to benefit Doctors Without Borders in Liam’s honor.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent humanitarian medical aid organisation. We are 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

Liam’s drive is at $7157.63 which is 71% of goal. To donate go here.

1dfansgive has set up two shops. One is for the US and one is for Non US. Each of the stores has tons of things with the designs below. Everything from T Shirts to mugs to phone cases. If there is an item offered on spreadshirt that you’d like to have with one of the designs below on it shoot gossip-candy a message and Amy will get it up for you if she can. The proceeds of this merchandise goes to the drive.

There are new designs in Liam’s store thanks to zaynscremebruleeart!!!!

You can get each chevron separately (except for niall’s as his is blank) or you can get an ot5 version

These are in addition to the desgins below

US Store can be found here.

Non US Store can be found here.

A wristband for Liam’s drive can be purchased here.

There are four people (me​, someone who would like to stay anonymous, ziamisthenameofmyship, and team liam) matching Loose Change for Liam donations up to $100 this month. That could be up to $400 extra for the drive this month!!!!! So remember to add Loose Change for Liam in your donation somewhere to have your donation matched. This means that if you choose to donate, for example, $5, your donation will be doubled to $10. If you donate $10, it will be doubled to $20, and so on.

cyrilliart is selling 1d inspired coloring books! $4 of the profit of each coloring book will be split between Liam and Niall’s drives!!! For info on the coloring books check out the post here. You can purchase the coloring book here.

twistericecream is donating $1 to Liam’s drive from every item they sell in their society 6 store.

A twitter has been set up for Liam’s drive and you can give it a follow here.

There is now a tumblr for Liam’s drive which can be found here.

If you can’t afford to donate or buy merchandise you can always reblog or make posts about the drive or tweet to help spread the word.

What if the medicines that could save your life cost a hundred times what you earn in a year?

Many people in developing countries can’t get hold of the treatment they need to stay alive and healthy.That’s why Médecins Sans Frontières launched the MSF Access Campaign in 1999 to find ways of ensuring that medicines could be made available for all our patients and others in developing countries.

Our mission is to increase access to – and the development of – affordable, practical and effective drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests for diseases that affect people in places where we work.

Liam Payne aka a ball of sunshine with a big heart…

…has done so much for fans…

….so we, the fans, would like to give back!

In honour of his 22nd birthday, we are raising money for Médecins Sans Frontières (UK), or Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

What is MSF about?

MSF exists to save lives by providing medical aid where it is needed most. Since 1971, MSF has cared for millions of people caught up in crises. They go where the need is greatest, be it a natural disaster, a war, an exodus of refugees or to help people excluded from healthcare.They run hospitals and clinics, perform surgeries, battle epidemics, carry out vaccination campaigns, operate feeding centres and offer mental healthcare. MSF currently has projects running in over 60 countries.

How does MSF help exactly?

MSF UK’s projects include:

…and many more!

MSF staff members often find themselves in dangerous and even life-threatening situations, yet that doesn’t stop them from helping others!

Let’s show our appreciation for Liam by helping people in need in his name!

DONATE HERE to support the amazing work of brave MSF staff in honour of Liam’s birthday and help to make a difference!

Images credit: @TheWayYouthZone |  | @lpaynews | ziamchapel | MSF UK


Ebola Is A Deadly Virus — But Doctors Say It Can Be Beaten

Saidu Kanneh was given a hero’s welcome last week when he walked into a community meeting about Ebola in a tiny village of mud huts in the Kissi Kama region of Sierra Leone. Kanneh was diagnosed with Ebola early in July, was treated for 12 days in a Doctors Without Borders hospital and overcame the disease.

“God has made me as an example to survive and then get into the community to talk to my people,” says Kanneh, who’s about 40 years old and runs a health clinic near the border with Guinea and Liberia. In treating Ebola cases, he too caught the disease — he thinks he may have been infected from contact with the bodily fluids that transmit the disease, perhaps because of a gap between his rubber gloves and his shirt sleeve.

Kanneh’s message is that not every patient dies.

And there are signs of hope: changes taking place that could be key to stopping the West African outbreak that began in March and has so far seen 1,032 cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with more than 600 deaths.

“There is no cure but that does not mean we can’t treat it with success,” says Tim Jagatic,a Canadian physician at the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kailahun where Kanneh was treated — a series of tents set up in a field.

He says the human body can figure out how to combat it: “This is just a virus. It’s a virus like influenza. When we have influenza we know we stay home, take our fluids and let our bodies do the rest. That’s the same thing that we are doing here.

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Top: Sylvester Jusu, a Red Cross volunteer, wears a suit and goggles to protect himself from contracting Ebola.

Bottom left: The burial team waits outside the house of someone who may have died of Ebola.

Bottom right: The team is sprayed with disinfectant after removing the body.

Photos by Tommy Trenchard for NPR


Filipinos are losing patience with the slow relief effort, increasingly angry with their president, Benigno S. Aquino III, a popular figure who has until now navigated multiple crises during his three years in office…Although planes have begun arriving with badly needed supplies, much of the aid remains undistributed because of impassable roads, a dearth of working vehicles and inadequate access to fuel. “The situation is catastrophic; it’s total chaos,” Dr. Natasha Reyes, the Philippines emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement.


Photo:Ain el-Helweh in Saida is the largest camp hosting Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Lebanon 2013 © Aurelie Lachant/MSF.

From Damascus to Ain el-Helweh: Palestinians in Syria Flee to Lebanon

“I’m deeply sad inside, but I need to appear strong in front of my family,” says a man called Mahmood while sitting in the narrow room he now shares with his wife and six-year-old son in the Ain el-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp in Saida, Lebanon. Until almost two months ago, he’d been living in another camp for Palestinians, this one in Damascus, but the conflict in Syria had made it impossible to stay.

“It’s very difficult,” he says. “Seven of my relatives were killed by the bombings and shootings in Syria. We saw their mutilated bodies. I buried them myself and buried my neighbors too. My son disappeared. One month later, my brother disappeared. I’m sure they got killed and this is causing me a lot of sadness.”


The media stripped Liam of his songwriting credits on “No Control” and we want to let him know that we appreciate him and his songwriting skills while supporting his birthday charity drive for MSF! 

paynoisbatman has generously offered to match any donations with the hashtag #songwriterLiam up to $250!!

So how do you do this?

Donate to the charity drive and make sure to include #songwriterLiam in the donation message for your donation to be matched!

You can also leave a lovely message about Liam’s songwriting :)

Moreover, if you add #loosechangeforLiam to the message as well, your donation will be tripled!

Let’s show our love for songwriter Liam with #songwriterLiam Loose Change Special! <3

Photo credit: imgur | @CherylOfficial | robknox_ | juicyj

Let’s bring #LiamLove to Twitter!

Join in spreading #LiamLove among Twitter fans! :)

When: THIS Saturday @ 3pm London time (BST) / 10am EDT / 10pm AWST

How to join:

  1. Follow us on Twitter @1DFansGiveLiam.
  2. Share your love for Liam! Get creative with your edits, fanart, quotes, and anything else that spreads LiamLove :)
  3. Add the link to Liam’s charity drive to your tweet ( and tag it with #LiamLove, so we can retweet it!
  4. Let’s trend #LiamLove, so Liam can see how important, loved and appreciated he is <3

With Love, Team Liam

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Doctors Without Borders slams global response to Ebola

Aid agency’s report says “months were wasted and lives were lost” because WHO failed to respond quickly or adequately.

A year on from the start of the Ebola outbreak, a report has been published by frontline aid agency Doctors Without Borders slamming the international community’s slow response and detailing the “indescribable horror” faced by its staff.

More than 10,000 people have been killed and some 25,000 infected since the Ebola epidemic was first identified in West Africa in March 2014, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

But Doctors Without Borders said in a report on Monday that “months were wasted and lives were lost” because the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO), which is charged with leading on global health emergencies and “possesses the know-how to bring Ebola under control”, failed to respond quickly or adequately.

Its report accused the WHO’s Global Alert and Outbreak Response Network of ignoring desperate pleas for help from Liberia when it met in June.

“I remember emphasising that we had the chance to halt the epidemic in Liberia if help was sent now,” said Marie-Christine Ferir, emergency coordinator for the aid agency, which is commonly known as MSF.

“It was early in the outbreak and there was still time. The call for help was heard but no action was taken.”

The WHO did not set up a regional hub for coordinating the response until July, by which time a second wave of the epidemic had struck.

“All the elements that led to the outbreak’s resurgence in June were also present in March, but the analysis, recognition and willingness to assume responsibility to respond robustly were not,” the report said.

Particularly in the early months, it therefore fell to MSF to carry much of the response, but the organisation had only 40 staff with experience of Ebola when the outbreak began.

“We couldn’t be everywhere at once, nor should it be our role to single-handedly respond,” said Brice de le Vingne, MSF director of operations.

It was only when a US doctor and Spanish nurse were diagnosed with Ebola that the world woke up to the threat, MSF said.

WHO did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The aid agency also blamed the governments of Guinea and Sierra Leone for refusing to admit the scale of the epidemic, saying they put “needless obstacles” in the path of MSF teams.


You’ll hear using the phrase “treatment is prevention” often this week as we report from the International AIDS Conference, so we thought we would explain what that means.
Learn more about the profound implications of this scientific breakthrough.

Hello everyone!

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us for #LiamLove this Saturday! You are the cutest beans and it was amazing to celebrate Liam with you :)

Sadly, we didn’t get #LiamLove to trend but don’t lose your hope, because this Monday, 20th July, we are bringing #LiamLove to 5DaysFor1D’s #LiamAppreciationDay!

Let’s turn 20th July into international Payno holiday and trend #LiamLove and #LiamAppreciationDay!

How to join:

  1. Follow us on Twitter @1DFansGiveLiam.
  2. Share your love for Liam! Get creative with your edits, fanart, quotes, and anything else that spreads LiamLove :)
  3. Add the link to Liam’s charity drive to your tweet ( and tag it with #LiamLove, so we can retweet it!
  4. Let’s trend #LiamLove and #LiamAppreciationDay, so Liam can see how important, loved and appreciated he is <3

With Love, Team Liam

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Doctors Without Borders Pulls Out Of Somalia Due To ‘Extreme Violence’

The aid group Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday that it’s closing all operations in Somalia after 22 years because of the increase in violent attacks and abuse against its staff.

“This is the most difficult announcement that I’ve had to make as MSF president," Dr. Unni Karunakara said at a press conference from Kenya. "Respect for humanitarian principles no longer exists in Somalia today.”

Over the past 22 years, the nonprofit has provided basic and emergency health care to millions in the country through chronic wars and famines.

“Armed groups and civilians are increasingly supporting, tolerating and condoning the killing, assaulting and abuse of humanitarian aid workers,” Karunakara said. “We have reached our limits.”

Sixteen people working for the group have been killed in the last 22 years. Dozens have been attacked.

Two members of the group were brutally killed in Mogadishu in December 2011. A few months earlier, two aid workers were violently kidnapped from a refugee camp across the border in Kenya. The women were held hostage for nearly two years until their release in July.

Doctors Without Borders was the only group providing any type of health care in many parts of Somalia, Karunakara said. Now hundreds of thousands of people will be left with no services at all. “This is the sad fact and reality in Somalia today,” he said.

For instance, the group operated the only pediatric clinic in Mogadishu and provided the only place in some cities for women to get C-sections.

In 2012 alone, the group has delivered more 7,000 babies, treated more than 30,000 malnourished kids and vaccinated 60,000.

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In the photograph, a nurse prepares medications at an MSF clinic in Dadaab refugee camp, across the Somali border in Kenya (Internews Network/