Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

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Origin. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders was founded in 1971 by a small group of doctors and journalists who believed that all people have a right to emergency relief.

Functions. MSF was one of the first non-governmental organizations to provide both urgently needed medical assistance and to publicly bear witness to the plight of the people it helps. Today MSF is an international medical humanitarian organization with 19 sections and several additional offices around the world. Every year MSF sends around 3,000 volunteer doctors, nurses, other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers, and administrators to join approximately 25,000 locally hired staff to provide medical aid in over 60 countries. MSF was awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Headquarters: MSF International Office, Rue de Lausanne 78, CP 1016, CH-1211 Geneva 1, Switzerland.

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  • International President: Dr Joanne Liu (Canada).

  • Secretary-General: Jérôme Oberreit (France).

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