What is Doctors Without Borders?
We provide lifesaving medical care where it is needed most.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization. Our work is guided by principles of impartiality, neutrality and independence. We provide lifesaving medical care where it is needed most.
Our medical teams work with people affected by conflicts, natural disasters and epidemics. MSF also provides access to primary healthcare in areas where there is none. We treat people irrespective of their ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs or political views.
MSF was founded in Paris in 1971 by a group of doctors and journalists. They were motivated by the idea of providing medical care wherever there is a humanitarian crisis, and at the same time to raise global awareness by actively bearing witness and sharing stories. Today, MSF is an international movement with more than 47,000 people working in over 70 countries.
In 1999, MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its pioneering humanitarian efforts. The prize money was used to create the Access campaign, which advocates for more affordable and accessible medicines for all, regardless of their socio-economic situation or location in the world.
Our guiding principles
Every day, our actions are guided by medical ethics and our principles of impartiality, neutrality and independence.