Our staff “own” and manage MSF, making sure that we stay true to our mission and principles, through the MSF Associations.
We set up the MSF Access Campaign in 1999 to push for access to, and the development of, life-saving and life-prolonging medicines, diagnostic tests and vaccines for people in our programmes and beyond.
Read stories from our staff as they carry out their work around the world.
Hear directly from the inspirational people we help as they talk about their experiences dealing with often neglected, life-threatening diseases.
Based in Paris, CRASH conducts and directs studies and analysis of MSF actions. They participate in internal training sessions and assessment missions in the field.
Based in Geneva, UREPH (or Research Unit) aims to improve the way MSF projects are implemented in the field and to participate in critical thinking on humanitarian and medical action.
Based in Barcelona, ARHP documents and reflects on the operational challenges and dilemmas faced by the MSF field teams.
Based in Brussels, MSF Analysis intends to stimulate reflection and debate on humanitarian topics organised around the themes of migration, refugees, aid access, health policy and the environment in which aid operates.
This logistical and supply centre in Brussels provides storage of and delivers medical equipment, logistics and drugs for international purchases for MSF missions.
This supply and logistics centre in Bordeaux, France, provides warehousing and delivery of medical equipment, logistics and drugs for international purchases for MSF missions.
Amsterdam Procurement Unit
This logistical centre in Amsterdam purchases, tests, and stores equipment including vehicles, communications material, power supplies, water-processing facilities and nutritional supplements.
The Manson Unit is a London, UK-based team of medical specialists who provide medical and technical support, and conduct research for MSF.
Southern Africa Medical Unit
SAMU provides strategic, clinical and implementation support to various MSF projects with medical activities related to HIV and TB. This medical unit is based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Brazilian Medical Unit
BRAMU specialises in neglected tropical diseases, such as dengue and Chagas, and other infectious diseases. This medical unit is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
MSF Medical Guidelines
Our medical guidelines are based on scientific data collected from MSF’s experiences, the World Health Organization (WHO), other renowned international medical institutions, and medical and scientific journals.
MSF Field Research
Find important research based on our field experience on our dedicated Field Research website.
Evaluation Units have been established in Vienna, Stockholm, and Paris, assessing the potential and limitations of medical humanitarian action, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of our medical humanitarian work.
This Guide explains the terms, concepts, and rules of humanitarian law in accessible and reader-friendly alphabetical entries.
The Luxembourg Operational Research (LuxOR) unit coordinates field research projects and operational research training, and provides support for documentation activities and routine data collection.
Read through case studies where we openly examine and analyse all our actions and decision-making processes during humanitarian emergencies that have led us to speak out.
Providing epidemiological expertise to underpin our operations, conducting research and training to support our goal of providing medical aid in areas where people are affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or excluded from health care.
A collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development organisation that is developing new treatments for neglected diseases, founded in 2003 by seven organisations from around the world.
The MSF Foundation aims to create a fertile arena for logistics and medical knowledge-sharing to meet the needs of MSF and the humanitarian sector as a whole.
With two additional vehicles, one of which is equipped to provide medical treatment, MSF is increasing its support of the Comandos de Salvamento ambulance service and the communities it serves in Soyapango, a town close to the capital, San Salvador.Project Update - 16 Nov 2018
MSF has been continuously providing free medical care for vulnerable communities of Syrian refugees and local Lebanese residents in Arsal, on the Lebanon-Syria border, since 2012. Despite improvements in the security situation, key gaps in healthcare remain. Project Update - 16 Aug 2018
More than half of Idlib’s population of roughly two million people are displaced. The arrival of 80,000 more people in the last two months from east Ghouta, rural Damascus and north Homs is further stretching the ability of local residents and humanitarian organisations to address their needs. Project Update - 8 Jun 2018
MSF has opened a new hospital in the heart of vast Kutupalong-Balukhali camp, which provides refuge to some 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Not hard to find, as it is on one of the many hills that form the landscape of Cox’s Bazar, its name says it all: ‘The hospital on the hill’. It is the third MSF facility opened in the district of Cox’s Bazar since the end of March.Project Update - 16 Apr 2018
More than six months into the beginning of the latest Rohingya exodus, people continue to flee from Myanmar into Bangladesh fearing for their lives and seeking safety. A total of 3,236 refugees are reported to have entered Bangladesh in February alone.Crisis Update - 15 Mar 2018
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Independent medical humanitarian assistance
We provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Our teams are made up of tens of thousands of health professionals, logistic and administrative staff - most of them hired locally. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of independence and impartiality. We are a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation.