We are Doctors Without Borders, an international, independent medical humanitarian organisation.
We help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Our teams are made up of tens of thousands of health professionals, logistics and administrative staff – bound together by our charter. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. We are a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation.
MSF was founded in 1971 in France by a group of doctors and journalists in the wake of war and famine in Biafra, in Nigeria. Their aim was to establish an independent organisation that focuses on delivering emergency medical aid quickly, effectively and impartially while also speaking out about what they witnessed.
Three hundred volunteers made up the organisation when it was founded: doctors, nurses and other staff, including the 13 founding doctors and journalists.
Today, we are a worldwide network of more than 67,000 people.
Address: 121 Bree Street, Newtown, Johannesburg Johannesburg Gauteng 2001 South Africa
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