Run by MSF staff, for our patients
We are run by MSF associations, whose members are mostly current and former field staff
Our members share a commitment to independent medical humanitarian action, and collectively own and manage MSF through national and regional associations.
Members engage to defend the values expressed in our Charter. They voice their views on our action and approach, informing and steering MSF's direction.
Members elect the governing board and president of each association and hold them accountable for their actions.
The MSF Associations
We are a field-based movement engaging MSF volunteers and staff from all over the world in a shared commitment to medical humanitarian action.
Through MSF associations, members have the right and responsibility to voice their opinions and contribute to the definition and guidance of our social mission. The associations bring together individuals in formal and informal debates and activities - in the field, in general assemblies at national and regional levels, and in an annual international assembly.
Because the people making the decisions are current or former field or office staff, MSF remains relevant to the needs seen in the field, and focused on medical care and on our core principles: independence, impartiality, and neutrality.
25 MSF Associations
Each of them is an independent legal entity registered in the country where they operate. The associations elect their own board of directors and president during their General Assembly.
The associations are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, East Africa, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, Latin America, Luxembourg, Norway, South Asia, Southern Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, and West and Central Africa regional association.