Spotlight on nominee Doctors Without Borders

Nominee Doctors Without Borders aka Médecins Sans Frontières

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Doctors Without Borders, nominated by donor carolinatim. They care for people affected by conflict, disease outbreaks, and disasters in more than 70 countries. You can find their web site here.

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About nominee Doctors Without Borders

We provide independent, impartial medical humanitarian assistance to the people who need it most.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) cares for people affected by conflict, disease outbreaks, natural and human-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.

Who we are

Every day, Doctors Without Borders teams deliver emergency medical aid to people in crisis, with humanitarian projects in more than 70 countries.

We are independent, impartial, and neutral

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) offers medical humanitarian assistance to people based solely on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender, or political affiliation. Our teams of doctors, nurses, logisticians, and other frontline workers are often among the first on the scene when peoples’ lives are upended by conflict, disease outbreaks, or natural or human-made disasters.

The decision to respond is based solely on our independent assessment of medical needs. We work to ensure that our teams can reach people in need without restriction and provide aid directly.

We are guided by medical ethics

Above all, MSF’s goal is to do no harm. We’re committed to providing the highest quality medical care possible—no matter where we’re working—and to acting in our patients’ best interests, respecting their rights to dignity, confidentiality, informed consent, and to make their own decisions.

We are committed to bearing witness

We believe that the principles of impartiality and neutrality are not synonymous with silence. When the world turns its back on crises, we are duty-bound to raise our voices and speak out on behalf of our patients. Our decision to do so is always guided by our mission to do no harm, preserve respect and dignity, and protect life and health.

We are transparent and accountable

Accountability is at the core of MSF’s identity. We strive to be as open and transparent as possible when it comes to the work we do and the money we spend. We continually reflect on both our successes and failures to ensure that the efficacy, quality, and efficiency of the care we provide is always improving.

Our financial independence ensures that the aid we provide is not used to further any government’s political or military goals. Most of our funding comes from small donations, and 97.2 percent of the money we raised globally in 2020 came from individual donors and private institutions. MSF USA does not accept any government funding.

We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion

With over 45,000 staff members of 169 nationalities working in more than 70 countries around the world, we recognize that diversity, equity, and inclusion are inextricably linked to the success of our medical humanitarian mission. We are making changes across our organization to better reflect this incredible diversity and build one global workforce by challenging operational structures, creating more opportunities for locally hired staff, reevaluating compensation and benefits policies, and more.

So please visit the page of nominee Doctors Without Borders to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch this 2 minute video answering the question, What is Doctors Without Borders?