Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian aid organisation that is also private and not-for-profit. Founded by doctors and journalists in 1971, MSF is now a worldwide movement with sections in 19 countries and an international coordination office in Geneva, Switzerland. MSF currently works in around 70 countries.
MSF’s core work is in providing emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict. MSF also offers medical care to marginalised people who find themselves excluded from healthcare, and to communities whose health systems may be overwhelmed due to epidemics or natural disasters.
Their Mission: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a private international association. The association is made up mainly of doctors and health sector workers and is also open to all other professions which might help in achieving its aims. All of its members agree to honour the following principles:
– Médecins Sans Frontières provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions.
– Médecins Sans Frontières observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and claims full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.
– Members undertake to respect their professional code of ethics and to maintain complete independence from all political, economic, or religious powers.
– As volunteers, members understand the risks and dangers of the missions they carry out and make no claim for themselves or their assigns for any form of compensation other than that which the association might be able to afford them.
Volunteering: Each year, about 2,000 aid workers of all nationalities leave on MSF field missions to join around 23,000 staff in the countries of humanitarian assistance. Life on a mission is full of challenges, but also full of joy.
MSF organises recruitment and information session on a regular basis. During the session, recently returned field workers give a presentation about their mission and share their experiences in the field with potential field workers.
If you meet the requirements for the field position(s) and are interested in being one of the field workers, the sessions will give you better understanding of work in the field and help you prepare for your future mission.
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