Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is one of the world’s leading independent international medical relief organizations, working in around 70 countries worldwide and with operational centres and national offices in 28 countries. Its mandate concerns emergency relief and the organization launches its operations in areas where there is no medical infrastructure or where the existing one cannot withstand the pressure to which it is subjected.
For more 40 years, MSF has been providing medical help to people caught in many kinds of catastrophes, including armed conflicts, disasters such as floods and earthquakes, epidemics of disease and malnutrition crises. It is renowned for its quick response and efficient, effective work in the toughest emergencies. Beyond the drama of the acute crisis, MSF also intervenes in times that call for a less urgent type of action, for instance, in chronic refugees situations, areas of chronic instability, and in periods following a conflict or disaster.
Doctors without Borders observes impartiality in the name of medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance. To ensure this independence, the majority of its funding for projects comes from donations from the public, as well as from corporations and foundations.
In carrying out humanitarian assistance, the organization acts as a witness and will speak out, in private or in public, about the critical needs of the people it helps. In doing so, it seeks to alleviate human suffering, to protect life and health, and to restore and ensure respect for human beings and their dignity.