Who We Are
An independent, global movement providing medical aid where it's needed most.
What We Do
Providing lifesaving medical humanitarian care, and speaking out about what we see.
Founded to save lives and speak out, MSF has treated tens of millions of people since 1971.
Every day, our teams deliver emergency medical aid to those who need it most. As we carry out this work, we are guided by the rules of medical ethics—particularly the duty to provide care without causing harm to individuals or groups.
We're also committed to safeguarding our patients' rights to autonomy, confidentiality, and informed consent. We respect the dignity of our patients, which includes respect for their cultural and religious beliefs.
In accordance with these principles, we endeavor to provide the best medical care possible to all patients.
Independent, Impartial, Neutral
It's easy to write inspiring words that define an organization's mission. It's much harder to put those principles into practice. Since its founding in 1971, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has operated with a fierce commitment to independence, impartiality, and neutrality.