For more than 40 years, we have been providing medical help to people caught in many kinds of catastrophes, including armed conflicts, natural disasters, epidemics of disease and malnutrition crises.
All these situations call for rapid response with specialized medical and logistical help. We are renowned for our quick response and efficient, effective work in the toughest emergencies. Beyond the drama of the acute crisis, we also intervene in times that call for a less urgent type of action, for instance, in chronic refugees situations, areas of chronic instability, and in periods following a conflict or disaster.
The action we take comes in multiple forms:
- Emergency healthcare, including surgery
- Mass vaccination campaigns
- Water and sanitation systems
- Therapeutic and supplementary nutrition
- Distribution of drugs and supplies
- Training and health education
- Organization or rehabilitation of health facilities
- Medical assistance within existing health facilities
We observe impartiality in the name of medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance. To ensure this independence, the majority of the funding for projects comes from donations from the public, as well as from corporations and foundations. Additional funding comes from national governments and international institutions, such as the Canadian International Development Agency, the European Community and various bodies of the United Nations.
In providing humanitarian assistance, we act as witnesses and will speak out as appropriate, in private or in public, about the critical needs of the people we help. In doing so, we seek to alleviate human suffering, to protect life and health, and to restore and ensure respect for human beings and their dignity.