Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an international, independent medical/humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid in more than 70 countries to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care.
Each year, MSF volunteer doctors, nurses, and logisticians depart on more than 3,800 aid missions. They work alongside more than 22,500 locally hired staff to provide medical care to underserved and embattled populations around the globe.
In emergencies and their aftermath, MSF provides health care, rehabilitates and runs hospitals, performs surgery, battles epidemics, provides clean drinking water, operates feeding centers, provides shelter materials, and offers mental health care. MSF also treats patients with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, sleeping sickness, and HIV/AIDS, and provides medical and psychological care to marginalized groups, such as street children.
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In 1999, MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its "pioneering humanitarian work" and is consistently given high ratings by charity watchdog groups for fiscal transparency and accountability. Most recently, MSF received an "A" rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy.
MSF USA relies entirely on private donations to fund its programs. MSF's decision to intervene in any country or crisis is based solely on an independent assessment of people's needs -- not on political, economic, or religious interests.
MSF unites direct medical care with a commitment to speaking out against the causes of suffering and the obstacles to providing effective assistance. MSF aid workers raise the concerns of their patients with governments, the United Nations, other international bodies, the general public, and the media. In a wide range of circumstances, MSF volunteers have spoken out against violations of international humanitarian law they have witnessed -- from Chechnya to Sudan.