Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is a worldwide movement. Founded to save lives and speak out, MSF has helped tens of millions of people since 1971. The 13 founders have grown to over 37,000 staff, in over 60 countries on the frontline of emergency medical aid.
Donors are a vital part of the movement – 90 percent of our income coming from individual donations. This allows MSF to stay independent, neutral and impartial – and to access those in greatest need quickly.
MSF has helped millions of people since it was established in 1971. The movement has grown and MSF now work in over 60 countries around the world, with team ready for any new emergency.
The staff ‘own’ and manage MSF through the MSF Associations. There are 24 Associations around the world. Most have an office that fundraises and recruits staff, like MSF UK.
Each association is attached to one of the five operational centres (OC). These are the offices which decide when, where and what medical care is needed. These centres are based in:
• Brussels, Belgium
• Paris, France
• Amsterdam, Holland
• Barcelona, Spain
• Geneva, Switzerland.
The OCs can act independently but all layers of MSF interconnect and work together in various ways, and are formally bound as one movement by a shared name, a shared commitment to the MSF Charter and principles, and shared membership of MSF International.
To find out more about MSF, go to www.msf.org.uk/our-history
MSF Norway was awarded their ISMCP accreditation for their mentoring programme on 4 July 2017.
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