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The Association

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a vibrant movement made up of people from all corners of the world who share a common purpose: to save the lives and alleviate the suffering of people in danger by delivering medical care where it is needed most.

Our success over the past 40 years is a testament to these people, who have dedicated their time and expertise to our work overseas and at home.

To continue this success our staff – past and present – can shape the movement’s future by becoming a member of an Association.

Each of the 23 Doctors Without Borders offices is an association – an organization owned by members, who not only shape and safeguard the work of their Doctors Without Borders offices but also join together to shape the future of the Doctors Without Borders movement.

How do Associations work?

Becoming a member means taking collective responsibility for Doctors Without Borders. And because the people making the decisions have worked with Doctors Without Borders, the organization stays focused on medical care and our core principles: independence, impartiality and neutrality.

The MSF Canada Association

In Canada, association members elect a Board of Directors, who govern on their behalf.

The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for what Doctors Without Borders Canada does. It appoints our Executive Director, takes responsibility for the actions of Doctors Without Borders Canada and works to guarantee that the organization’s principles are respected.

The Board delegates the implementation of strategy to the Doctors Without Borders Canada management team, who run the office day-to-day.

If you are a member of the MSF Canada Association, you can access the Association website here.

The Movement

Elected representatives, from Canada, meet together with colleagues from the other associations contributing their voices to the global discussions shaping our work.

During the annual International General Assembly the International President is appointed and an International Board chosen. They are responsible for bringing coherence to our vibrant and diverse movement.

Who can become an Association member?

Doctors Without Borders field staff, office staff and office volunteers may apply to join after they have worked with MSF for six months. 

Their contribution to Doctors Without Borders may have been with any section and in any mission. They do not have to live in the Canada, nor be a Canadian citizen.

The power of the associations

The Associations turn our organization in to a powerful movement, lead by the people who work for us, which is responsive to the realities of delivering medical aid in the world’s most challenging places and open to new ideas.