Basic Organization Information
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA INC
- Physical Address:
New York, NY
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- NTEE Category:
M Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
M20 Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services
E Health—General & Rehabilitative
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MSF is an independent, international medical relief organization aiding victims of armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and social marginalization. Each year, MSF doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other medical and non-medical professionals depart on more than 3,800 aid missions. They work alongside more than 22,500 locally hired staff to provide medical care in more than 60 countries. In emergencies and their aftermath, MSF provides health care, rehabilitates and runs hospitals and clinics, performs surgery, battles epidemics, carries out vaccination campaigns, operates feeding centers for malnourished children, and offers mental health care. When needed, MSF also constructs wells and dispenses clean drinking water, and provides shelter materials like blankets and plastic sheeting. MSF was founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors and journalists as the first non-governmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and to publicly bear witness to the plight of the people it assists.
Emergency Relief and Response
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Every year, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides emergency medical care to millions of people caught in crises in more than 60 countries around the world. MSF provides assistance when catastrophic events — such as armed conflict(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/aboutus/activities.cfm?ref=main-menu#armedconflict) , epidemics(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/aboutus/activities.cfm?ref=main-menu#epidemics) , malnutrition(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/aboutus/activities.cfm?ref=main-menu#malnutrition) , or natural disasters(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/aboutus/activities.cfm?ref=main-menu#naturaldisasters) — overwhelm local health systems. MSF also assists people who face discrimination or neglect from their local health systems or when populations are otherwise excluded from health care(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/aboutus/activities.cfm?ref=main-menu#exclusion) .
On any given day, close to 27,000 doctors(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/field/personnel.cfm?id=2531) , nurses(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/field/personnel.cfm?id=2534) , logisticians(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/field/personnel.cfm?id=2540) , water-and-sanitation experts(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/field/personnel.cfm?id=2541) , administrators(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/field/personnel.cfm?id=2542) , and other qualified professionals can be found providing medical care in international teams made up of local MSF aid workers and their colleagues from around the world.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
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Expert Reviews and Comments
Evidence of Impact
Experts confidently expound on the lifesaving impact of Medecins sans Frontiers professional, high quality work. They have an amazing ability to provide emergency medical services in conflict zones, and due to massive public support, are able to operate independently and go where the needs are greatest, regardless of the funding opportunities.
Medecins sans Frontiers has a highly competent staff who have a strong sense purpose. Experts praise the organization for its courage and boldness, tight, highly focused operations, responsiveness, neutrality, and modeling advocacy-by-doing.
Areas for Improvement
The organization could benefit from further improving its engagement with other actors in the system, focusing more on their phased exit strategy and building up local capacity, and becoming more conscious of local acceptance in different cultures and circumstances.