Focal Points

MSF-HK Focal Points

As a regional association, most of MSF Hong Kong's members reside in different countries across the South East Asia region including Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Singapore etc.  By engaging with the association, members have the right and responsibility to voice their options and contribute to the definition and implementation of MSF’s social mission.  

Our focal points to the associative network is a representative of MSF Hong Kong Association in their respective countries and they act as the link between the members in his/her country and the association and the board of MSF Hong Kong. The focal points should have a good understanding of the identity and principles of MSF both locally and internationally.

The main roles of the focal points are as follows:

  • Welcome new members to the local members group when they return to his/her home country by call phone, emails, messages or any other ways preferred; 
  • Disseminate relevant information from the association to members and vice-versa; 
  • Stimulate and communicate associative ideas and action within the associative network; 
  • Attend quarterly focal points meetings by video conference to channel the opinions of the local members to the association with the association coordinator;  
  • Organize associative meetings, social gathering, participation in HR/fundraising events to connect with the local members and keep the group active; 
  • Reinforce members' active participation and contribution in associative events like General Assembly, Field Associative Debate, webinar or writing for newsletter etc. 
  • May be asked to attend and represent local members’ opinions in the associative debates, Annual General Meeting or OCB Gathering.  

We currently have focal points in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia/Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Are you interested in becoming a Focal Point? Please contact the Association Executive at asso@hongkong.msf.org 


Who are our Focal Points?

PHILIPPINES

  • Francisco Raul D. SALVADOR, M.D

Francisco Raul D. Salvador is a registered medical doctor from the Philippines. He graduated from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center College of Medicine and later specialized in Family and Community Medicine at the Philippine General Hospital and Medical Center in Manila.   

Prior to joining MSF he was an active consultant at the ER- OPD of Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City and then became an expatriate doctor and worked in British Guyana as Occupational/safety and community health officer.

Upon his return to the Philippines he joined the MSF OCG Street Children Project based in Manila as a volunteer MD and later he became Medical coordinator assistant for two and a half years. He left MSF for a period of 10 years then rejoined them as an expatriate starting in 2011.

Since then he was assigned to various projects globally. His first assignment was in Nagaland, India, followed by South Sudan, Ukraine, Yemen, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Turkey, holding various positions of MD, MTL, MAM, PMR and recently as Mission Medical Referent of MSFF Philippine mission for 11 months. He also is a co-facilitator of Training of Trainers on SANOU with OCA L & D and traveled to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan then recently Malaysia respectively while he is in between mission.

Apart from MSF volunteer work, Dr. Salvador was a former Hospital administrator in one of the tertiary hospitals and also was an Associate professor in one of the Nursing Colleges in Manila.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, he took an initiative to raise funds, organize, and manage remotely a relief food packages distribution project to aid poor and needy families in his hometown living in the remote villages in the Northern Province in Luzon.

  • Anne JIMENEZ

Anne has worked with MSF for 9 years as expat, during which she has been to 12 missions and was formerly part of the Extended Emergency Pool ( OCBA).

She is a registered licensed nurse (Philippines, USA - New York & the United Kingdom - NMC) and was formerly a Nurse lecturer & Clinical Instructor at the Far Eastern University and Our Lady of Fatima University Q.C.

  • Gilbert D. ARCILLA Jr., RN, MD

Gilbert is both a registered nurse and a medical doctor from Manila, Philippines. He finished his studies at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila for both his undergraduate and post-graduate studies. He took his medical internship at the Philippine General Hospital and was employed as a Medical Officer (Residency Training) in Rehabilitation Medicine at the same institution for 2 years. Unfortunately, personal matters have led him to leave his training and pursue a different path. He has worked as an ambulance and primary care doctor at Lifeline 16-911 based in Alabang, and he is still currently involved with the same part-time.

He was part of MSF for 9 months in Marawi city as a field medical doctor and an interim team leader of the medical team for 3 months. He has left his service with MSF on June 2019 and has now pursued a career as a Medical Scientific Liaison in Cardiometabolism for a pharmaceutical company in Manila. With this current opportunity, he is able to bridge the gap between healthcare providers and medical information, patients and their need for medical education and patient access.  He is hopeful he can get back on track with his interest in Public Health through post-graduate education in Public Health in the future. He is glad to continue to be part of the MSF movement through the association and he is very much hopeful to contribute to the movement in his own capacity even outside of missions.

THAILAND

  • Sumit PUNNAKARI

Sumit had worked with MSF in Thailand, from 1995 to 1999 with OCP and 2008 to 2012 with OCB. He was the Head of Mission Assistant when MSF decided to close its Thailand mission in 2012. Since then, he was working through MSF Hong Kong, with many OCs in several missions such as Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar, Nepal, Ukraine, Serbia, Thailand, and Bangladesh. He was working as Project AdminFin Manager, Personnel Administration Manager, HR & Finance Coordinator. He's worked briefly in 2018 with OCBA as a Resource Manager for Asia Unit and HR & Finance Coordinator for Thailand mission, based in Bangkok. 

He studied Laws (LL.B.) at Sukhothai Thammadhiraj Open University (STOU) in Thailand.

INDONESIA

  • Mustika YUNDARI (Jakarta)
  • Dyah Inggino PELANGA (Labuan)

SINGAPORE

  • Suet Fong LIM
By: Ka Wing Chan