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 'Humanitarian responsibility has no frontiers. Wherever in the world there is manifest distress, the humanitarian by vocation must respond.' 

Dr. James orbinski,former international president of msf

Founded to save lives and speak out, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a Nobel Prize-winning emergency humanitarian medical organization that has helped tens of millions of people since its founding in 1971. MSF now has more than 40,000 staff members on the front lines of humanitarian crises in close to 70 countries.

How can you help?

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Help Doctors Without Borders provide life-saving medical humanitarian relief where it is needed most. Make a one-time donation or become a Partner Without Borders today.

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Work in the Field

Each year more than 2,500 international staff join 30,000 locally hired staff around the world. Find out more about the jobs available with MSF overseas.

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Neutrality, Impartiality, Independence

  • Impartiality: We provide free medical care to people who need it. It doesn’t matter which country they are from, which religion they belong to, or what their political affiliations are. 

  • Neutrality: In a conflict situation, we don’t take sides, but go where people’s medical needs are greatest. 

  • Independence: Over 90 percent of our income comes from individual private donors giving small amounts. This means we can act rapidly, rather than tailoring our response to the demands of funders, politicians or the media. 


The principles of impartiality and neutrality are not synonymous with silence.

We call it témoignage, or "bearing witness," which means a willingness to speak on behalf of the people we assist, and to bring abuses and intolerable situations to the public eye.


Our Impact 

In 2017, the generosity of Canadians helped Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continue to deliver lifesaving emergency healthcare to people caught up in some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

The 2017 MSF Canada Impact Report looks at the emergency humanitarian medical action you helped us carry out last year: where we worked, the challenges we faced, and the lifesaving differences you helped us make in the lives of people made vulnerable by conflict, disease, exclusion and disaster.


PULSE: The MSF video series​

  • PULSE is a bi-weekly video series from Doctors Without Borders that take an up-close look at our work delivering medical care on the front lines of humanitarian emergencies around the world. Watch more episodes of PULSE here.