Our work focuses on emergency medical and humanitarian relief. We are guided by the principles of independence, neutrality and impartiality, as described in the MSF Charter. We implement our medical programs in areas where no health or sanitary systems exist, or where the current infrastructures have been overwhelmed by health needs. In some countries, after immediate medical emergencies have passed, we adapt our programs to meet the long-term medical needs of the population.
For more than 40 years, we have been providing medical assistance to people affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters, disease epidemics, malnutrition crises and other emergencies. All of these types of situation call for the rapid deployment of specialized medical and logistical expertise and equipment. We are renowned for our ability to respond quickly and for our efficient work in complicated crises.