La Canadienne proudly supports Doctors without Borders
How We Help
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian relief organization. We provide emergency care to people affected by disaster, conflict,
epidemics and those excluded from healthcare.
MSF works independently of political, religious or military agendas, delivering medical assistance based on human need. We often work in difficult contexts where others are unable or unwilling to go. MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
Founded in France in 1971, MSF now has offices around the globe, including Canada. Each year, thousands of medical and other professionals work with MSF in more than 60 countries. MSF aid workers include doctors, nurses, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators. Roughly nine out of 10 field staff are hired locally.
More than 80 per cent of funds raised in Canada come from individual donors. This support gives us the ability to act quickly, and the flexibility to make choices about where and how we work in order to be most effective. Moving swiftly gives us the best chance to save lives. At least 80 per cent of money raised in Canada directly funds MSF field projects.
MSF provides medical help to people caught in many kinds of catastrophes. These circumstances call for a rapid response with specialized medical and logistical know-how. They include:
Beyond acute crises, we also intervene in chronic refugee situations, areas of persistent instability, and in periods following a conflict or disaster. Our action comes in many forms:
emergency public healthcare, including medicine and surgery
mass vaccination campaigns
water and sanitation systems
therapeutic and supplementary nutrition
mental health programs
distribution of drugs and supplies
HIV/AIDS treatment programs
Working directly with some of the most vulnerable people in the world, MSF teams witness immense suffering. We believe it is our responsibility to speak out, raise awareness, and put pressure on decision makers to bring about change.
MSF’s witnessing and advocacy work can include calling attention to crises through the media, presenting reports to governments or the UN, and pressing pharmaceutical companies to make essential medicines affordable for patients in developing countries.