MSF stands for Médecins Sans Frontières. The name literally means Doctors Without Borders. MSF is the largest medical humanitarian organisation in the world, with projects in over 65 countries.

Haitian girl with bandage on her face outside MSF temporary hospital i Haiti.

Providing emergency aid

MSF’s goal is to provide emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender, political or clan affiliation. MSF is a medical organisation; for us a patient is a patient no matter how they are regarded by other people.
MSF activities around the world


MSF’s principles

MSF also speaks out to bring attention to people’s humanitarian needs and unacceptable suffering. For example: when people’s access to lifesaving medical care is hindered; when medical facilities – crucial to the provision of care – come under threat; when crises are neglected; when the provision of much needed aid is inadequate or abused; and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols. Read about MSF principles of independence and neutrality

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All members of MSF adhere to the MSF charter which is about delivering medical help to people in distress. The charter ensures that neutrality, impartiality and medical ethics are at the core of our work.
Read the MSF charter


MSF intervention in Somalia in 1991


MSF was founded in 1971 and since then has assisted people in need around the world. We have been working continously in Somalia since 1991. In 1999 MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace prize.
Read more about MSF history


Financial information

In 2012 MSF spent €943.9 million on providing healthcare around the world. €25.2 million of this was spent in Somalia.
Read more about MSF financial information