Please help support the work of Médecins Sans FrontièresBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5381 (Published 09 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5381
- Fiona Godlee, editor, BMJ
Médecins Sans Frontières (www.msf.org.uk/) was founded by doctors and journalists in 1971 and is, in its own words, an independent international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency medical assistance in more than 60 countries to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care. MSF will be among the first wherever in the world disaster strikes, but it also runs a programme of long term initiatives to improve the lives of the world’s poor and deprived.
Further to providing actual practical medical aid, the organisation aims to bear witness: “In carrying out humanitarian assistance, MSF seeks also to raise awareness of crisis situations; MSF acts as a witness and will speak out, either in private or in public about the plight of populations in danger for whom MSF works. In doing so, MSF sets out …