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Emergencies come in many forms: armed conflicts, disease epidemics, natural disasters, malnutrition crises, and more. Your gift ensures that when an emergency happens, our teams are there to relieve suffering and save lives.
“Word had spread that I was a doctor, and people came to me for help all the time”
"There was very little I could do for them. I was able to buy some antibiotics, but I couldn't get hold of things like insulin or asthma medication".
A very normal birth in dangerously abnormal conditions
On 12 September, a healthy baby boy was born on board MV Aquarius, a search and rescue vessel run in partnership between MSF and SOS Méditerranée. He was born in international waters to Nigerian parents, who named their baby Newman Otas.
MSF assists more than a hundred women who claimed being sexually abused
Bukavu, DRC – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in the region of Shabunda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have provided medical care for 127 women who reported being sexually abused after an attack by dozens of armed men in the town of Kikamba (South Kivu province).
MSF treats war wounded as spring offensive rages in the north
Heavy fighting between Afghan forces and armed opposition groups in the north-eastern province of Kunduz is increasingly isolating people living in the districts from the provincial capital, where Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) trauma centre has been receiving wounded patients.
MSF begins medical activities in Bikenge, Maniema Province
Its remote location means that access to quality healthcare is more or less impossible for most people.
Promoting health at the heart of the communities
Helping high risk communities beat Ebola can be high risk work
Restoring a ransacked hospital
MSF nurse supervisor Brima Vandi's recounts the restoration of Bor's abandoned hospital
Working underground – supporting Syrian doctors in besieged and intense conflict areas
Syria's underground medical networks – a slender lifeline keeping hundreds of thousands of people alive.
“Yesterday was a day of three miracles”
An MSF doctor recounts the heart-warming survival of three of her patients.
Delivering training to healthcare workers stuck in Gaza
“The nurses were really enthusiastic, they were very grateful to have the opportunity to develop their intensive care skills," says Rochelle DeLacey, an MSF intensive care nurse working in Gaza." Their only other option really was to Google ‘intensive care’ because they don’t have any other access to training.”
Delivering healthcare to women and children in the communities
Amy Le Compte is a midwife from Gisborne in New Zealand. She just returned from a six- month assignment in MSF Women's Hospital in Peshawar, in the north of Pakistan where, along with daily maternity work, she supported the launch of a new community outreach program to enable access to quality maternity care for poor and marginalised populations.
Tuberculosis treatments yield promising results in the Chechen Republic
In 2015, MSF’s Maria Borshova spoke to patients who had just started their new two-year-long treatments for extensively drug-resistant TB. She recently met them again.
My son is MSF’s 1000th Ebola survivor
A touching account of survival amid the heartbreaking desolation of Ebola.
“If I don’t help mentally ill patients, who will?”
Since 2012, MSF has run mental health programmes in Zimbabwe with the Ministry of Health and Child Care and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services.
We pride ourselves on the incredible support of our donors. Our funding structure relies on lots of donations from millions of individuals around the world. It is our donors, who fuel MSF’s work.
In 2017, 96 per cent of our income came from some 6,3 million private donors. It is thanks to the generosity of these private supporters – mainly individuals like you, but also companies and private foundations – that we are able to operate independently and provide humanitarian assistance in some of the world’s most insecure environments and forgotten crises.
The remaining four per cent of our income came from public institutions, other sales and financial transactions.
For more details, see the International Financial Report.
In 2017, we raised a total of €1,53 billion euro: 96 per cent of that came from private donations.
For more details, see the International Financial Report.
Your donations pay for millions of consultations, surgeries, treatments and vaccinations every year.
We are a non-profit organisation and 83% of our financial resources are allocated to fulfilling our social mission: 67% to our humanitarian programmes, 12% to support our projects and programmes, and 3% to our bearing witness (témoignage) activities. The rest is spent on general management and fundraising costs. We also maintain reserves that allow us to respond immediately to a crisis without having to wait for an appeal. The use of MSF funds is tightly controlled and the audited financial reports are publicly available.
The overwhelming majority of our programmes are implemented directly by our teams. In other cases, we provide support to local medical networks who can directly access those in need. This is notably the case in Syria where some areas of the country are not directly accessible to our teams.
For a more detailed breakdown of our sources of income, by activity and by geographic area, see the International Financial Report.
In 2017, 53 % of programme expenditure was spent in Africa, 36% was spent in Asia and the rest in Europe, the Americas and Oceania.
We spent the most in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Yemen, Central African Republic, Iraq, Nigeria, Haiti and Syria.
The International Financial Report gives more details of the geographic distribution of expenditure. It also provides breakdowns of expenses and funding for all the countries where MSF has significant programme activities in a given year.
We don't accept contributions from companies and industries whose core activities may be in direct conflict with, or limit our ability to provide medical humanitarian work. Hence, we don't accept money from pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, extraction industries (such as oil, natural gas, gold, or diamonds), tobacco companies and arms manufacturers.
Additional limitations may exist in the national giving acceptance policies of the countries where MSF is fundraising.
MSF does not accept in-kind donations of medical products or health technology. Only under exceptional circumstances, and on a case-by-case basis, MSF may consider accepting such donations according to the criteria and conditions set forth in MSF’s Policy for In-Kind Donations of Medical Products and Health Technology (PDF).
We appreciate that some of our supporters may have a particular interest in a country or program in which we work. While in some circumstances it is possible to have your gift directed toward a specific programme or country, we ask that you contribute with unrestricted funding.
Unrestricted general donations give us the ability to direct funds where the needs are greatest, including under-reported and neglected crises.
MSF would not be able to swiftly respond to emergencies in Central African Republic, South Sudan or Yemen, nor provide life saving care to hundreds of thousands of people living with HIV, if not for the general support from our donors worldwide.
Further details on where our money comes from, how much we raise, and how we spend it, can be found in our International Financial Report.
The International Financial Report also gives details on where we spend your money, showing the geographic distribution of our expenditure, and providing breakdowns of expenses and funding for all the countries where MSF has significant programme activities in a given year.