What is Doctors Without Borders? What does MSF they? Where do they operate?
MSF stands for Medecins Sans Frontieres which is French for Doctors Without Borders. Doctors Without is a nonprofit that provides medical care and treatment to impoverished areas around the world. They provide unbiased and impartial medical care to those who need it.
MSF was officially founded in 1971 by over 300 volunteer doctors, nursing, and other staff. Their first mission was to Nicaragua after an earthquake in 1972. In 1979, a vote took place and around 80% voted to become a more organized operation. Since then, MSF has opened nearly 3o offices worldwide, with headquarters based out of New York. Statistics show that doctors with the organization have treated over 100 million patients since 1971. In 1999, the organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Accepting the award, Dr. Orbinski said, “We are not sure that words can always save lives, but we know that silence can certainly kill.”
Doctors Without Borders works in a large number of countries around the world. The list includes India, Cambodia, Cameroon, Egypt, Congo, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nigeria, and more. MSF deals with a wide range of issues and problems in the countries they support. Access to medicine, antibiotic resistance, Ebola, HIV, meningitis, malaria, malnutrition, maternal care, mental health, sexual violence, and vaccinations are all areas that Doctors Without Borders assist with around the world.
How can you make a difference?
Doctors Without Borders accepts donations both online and by mail. MSF is a non-profit organization, meaning it is not government-funded. Thus, donations of any size make a big difference. One time and recurring donations are accepted. You can also fundraise in your community. You can volunteer in the New York office or internationally, or become an intern. Students can also join a local student chapter.