MSF, Evolution of an International Movement
MSF Associative History 1971-2011
This e-book series takes you on a journey of MSF's international associative history, from its inception in Paris in the early 70's, to becoming an international medical humanitarian movement.
Learn more about those 4 decades of MSF History.
This e-book is available for free for a non-commercial use. Download it as a PDF (7 Mo), epub (for tablets and smartphones, 1Mo) or on Google play.
Charter, principles and governance
Creation of MSF France
The founding of MSF
Creation of MSF Belgium
Creation of MSF Switzerland
Creation of MSF Holland
Creation of MSF Spain and MSF Luxembourg
Creation of MSF USA
Creation of MSF Greece
Creation of MSF Canada
Creation of MSF International, the International Council and the International Office
Creation of MSF Japan and Sweden
Creation of MSF Italy, United-Kindgom and Denmark
Creation of MSF Germany, Hong-Kong, Australia and Austria
International discussion on the movement operational diverging approaches
Associative and executive members from MSF associations produce a common set of principles and policies to complete the charter
Creation of MSF Norway
Reform of the International structure
19 MSF sections backed by 19 associations - 19 Presidents form the International Council chaired by a full time President.
Nobel peace Prize awarded to MSF
Exclusion of MSF Greece from the MSF movement
International council resolution asking for efficient treatments for hiv/aids, malaria, sleeping sickness to be rapidly diffused and implemented in the field
International council resolution supporting creation of DNDi
Discussion on the need to revise and complete vision set out in the Chantilly principles
“MSF and its unhealthy growth” by Morten Rostrup, MSF International council president
International council resolution on reproductive health care and abortion in MSF programs
Reintegration of MSF Greece in the International movement
Launch of la Mancha Process
International council resolution on abusive behaviors
First audited international accounts (for 2004)
La Mancha conference
La Mancha agreement
MSF governance reform kick off meeting
International discussion on MSF governance reform
First MSF International General Assembly
What are MSF associations?
Our actions are guided by medical ethics
Through MSF associations, members voice their opinions and contribute to the definition and implementation of MSF’s social mission. The associations safeguard the identity of MSF, ensuring that activities and operations stay true to MSF’s Charter, principles and social mission.Find out more about how MSF is run
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This eBook was written at the request of the MSF International Board.