Atija walks through Eduardo Mondlane camp for displaced people to counsel pregnant and lactating women. She is 66 years old and lives there too. She is originally from Mocímboa da Praia, a town heavily hit by attacks due to the ongoing conflict in the northern province. She now works with MSF as a traditional birth attendant (TBA) and assists more than 100 women in the camp. Like many of them, she lived through traumatic experiences, witnessing her husband’s and son’s murder. Now, she says she loves doing her job since she can help women in their time of need – “When I arrived here, this place was a forest. Some good people helped me to get settled. Now I can also help pregnant women. I know they need my support.”

Impact and accountability

Thousands of Canadians generously support Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), sharing our values and our commitment to assist people facing crises around the world. We are also committed to working as efficiently as possible and maintaining transparency about how we spend the money you donate for medical humanitarian care. 

In 2022, we spent more than 80 per cent of money raised globally on our medical projects and advocacy work. Roughly five per cent was spent on administration costs. The rest was reinvested in fundraising.

*Other income:

Interest/investment income
Equipment and services sold to other organizations
Investment subsidizes recorded as income
Other revenues

Asylbaeva Perizat, MSF psychologist, 45 yo. I am working for the first time with MSF, earlier I worked in many organizations and projects. I have an experience in an emergency project for Dacha-suu (accident with airplane crush on village, many people died, we were working on rehabilitation of the affected population. At first we worked with the MSF in Batken with the displaced population in a hotel and schools. After the displaced population began to be sent to their villages, we moved our activities in the affected villages and tent camps. Basically, people here are worried about high level of anxiety, there are flashbacks in the form of sounds of shots, mortars. People do not sleep well, they have constant fear and anxiety. Many people have high blood pressure, headaches and severe irritability in the context of stress. People are constantly in a state of hypervigilance and a constant readiness to run if there is treat. They sleep shallowly, restlessly, if there is little rustle or sound, they immediately wake up. They have nightmares in a form of dead pets and burnt property. We are not only providing psychological assistance, but if there is an opportunity, then social assistance. For example, there are several cases when we provided targeted help. One woman did not have the finances to visit her children, for many years she did not see them. I found a fund that paid for her travel to Bishkek, to see her kids. Another woman lost all the money that her children had earned a saved through hard work and over the years, about 3 million soms in cash, children saved this money, working without rest in Russia in order to build a new house in their homeland and it was simply burnt in a matter of minutes, her house was also destroyed. Lately she has thoughts about suicide: she is experiencing anxiety and depression that she could not save the money of her children. Uch-Dobo family medical center, Batken Oblast, Kyrgyzstan.

MSF Canada Impact Report

Every year, MSF publishes our Impact Report looking at the emergency medical humanitarian action you and others in Canada helped us carry out.

Haiti CTC Diquini, Carrefour – Mirlanda has been working as a Health Promoter in the CTC of Diquini since it opened. “At some point we had patients everywhere, all the beds and chairs were occupied” she said referring to the peak of cases throughout the month of November. Her role consists in informing patients about the barrier measures to avoid the contagion of cholera and the measures to treat it.

Our commitment to our donors

MSF Canada adopted Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising & Financial Accountability Code as our policy in 2008. We are committed to protecting the privacy of our donors and to upholding the highest ethical standards in the way we raise funds.

We will honour your requests for information, including our most recent financial statements, and any wishes to limit future contact. Our materials will be truthful and will accurately describe our activities and the intended use of the funds we raise, while respecting the dignity and privacy of those who we strive to help.

The public portion of our tax return (T3010), filed as Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Canada with the Canada Revenue Agency, can be found here

The generosity of Canadians makes it possible for MSF to deliver emergency healthcare to people caught in some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

How MSF works: A fundraising model that allows for immediate response when emergencies or natural disasters occur

When emergencies or disasters such as floods or earthquakes happen anywhere around the world, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is often among the first organizations providing people critical medical care and support in countries that cannot themselves sufficiently respond.

But how does an organization that already works to provide emergency medical care in over 70 countries prepare itself for the unexpected? One part of the answer lies in our approach to fundraising.