MSF congratulates Dr. Albert Ko Wing Yin, MSF field volunteer, on his outstanding award

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Hong Kong today offers its congratulations to Dr. Albert Ko Wing Yin, who has just been awarded as one of the Top Outstanding Young Persons 2007 by the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong.

Dr. Ko was the first engineer in Hong Kong who joined MSF as field volunteer in year 2000. He has been sent to work overseas in four MSF missions respectively. From 2000 to 2001, he worked as a logistician in MSF projects in Southern Sudan and Uzbekistan. Soon after the tsunami that hard hit many countries in South Asia at the end of 2004, Dr. Ko joined the MSF emergency relief intervention in Aceh, Indonesia and he was one of the first batch of field volunteers on the ground. He was responsible for constructing water and sanitation systems in Sigli, a town located east of the provincial capital, Banda Aceh.  In October 2005, he went with MSF to Bagh in Pakistani Kashmir to take part in the earthquake emergency relief operation. 

Dr. Ko was elected to be one of the Board Members of MSF-Hong Kong since December 2004 until he finished the two-year term of services last year. He is now working as the Supply Project Manager at MSF, commuting between Hong Kong and mainland China to explore the Chinese market for the availability of non-medical products and services and to handle the emergency logistics needs for MSF in the Asian region.

He has also discussed with the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers for MSF to have future cooperation to train professionals in the city to be emergency engineers.

Ms. Carmen Lee, Acting President of MSF-Hong Kong congratulates Dr. Ko and said, "He is an experienced MSF field volunteer with creativity. He is passionate and flexible in his work with MSF, and is especially knowledgeable in emergency relief operations."Carmen continued, "We are glad to have Albert to bring his humour and personal touch to the intensive MSF work."

Dr. Ko also raised funds for MSF last year by cycling across the Qinghai-Tibetan Highway by himself.

MSF is pleased to see that Hong Kong society recognises the work that Dr. Ko has committed to for years. We also feel that it is our honour to share the joy with him and we wish him every success in the future.