Jeffrey Chand
official competitor in the 2006 Racing the Planet event in the Sahara desert, Egypt

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About Doctors Without Borders

Established in 1971, Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders is the world's leading independent international medical relief organisation. Your support will help us deliver urgent medical care to people in more than 70 countries around the world facing precarious conditions due to armed conflict, natural disasters, epidemics, and famines.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was established in 1971 by a small group of French doctors who had worked in Biafra. Upon their return, they were determined to find a way to respond rapidly and effectively to public health emergencies, with complete independence from political, economic and religious influences.

For more than 30 years, we have been providing medical help to people caught in many kinds of catastrophes: armed conflicts, natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, epidemics of disease, and famines. All these situations call for rapid response with specialized medical and logistical help. We are renowned for our quick response and efficient, effective work in the toughest emergencies. Beyond the drama of the acute crisis, we also intervene in times that call for a less urgent type of action, for instance, in chronic refugees situations, areas of chronic instability, and in periods following a conflict or disaster. The action we take comes in multiple forms:

  • Emergency public health care, including medicine and surgery
  • Mass vaccination campaigns
  • Water and sanitation systems
  • Therapeutic and supplementary nutrition
  • Distribution of drugs and supplies
  • Training and health education
  • Organisation or rehabilitation of health structures
  • Medical assistance within existing health structures

We observe impartiality in the name of medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance. To ensure this independence, an important part of our funding for projects comes from donations from the public, as well as from corporations and foundations. Additional funding comes from national governments and international institutions, such as the European Community and various United Nations agencies.

In carrying out humanitarian assistance, we act as witnesses and will speak out, in private or in public, about the plights of the populations in danger for whom we work. In doing so, we seek to alleviate human suffering, to protect life and health, and to restore and insure respect for human beings and their fundamental human rights.