what you need to know

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a humanitarian emergency medical organization that was founded in 1971. They provide urgently needed healthcare directly to people who have been made vulnerable by crisis, conflict, disaster or neglect. Their medical teams are on the ground working to save lives and alleviate suffering in more than 65 countries around the world. Projects can last only weeks or maintain a presence, in some form, for decades.

“Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the humanitarian principles of impartiality, neutrality and independence.”

Why doctors without borders?

Medical teams are actively providing care in places that regularly appear in the world’s headlines due to conflict and violence, epidemics and disease, environmental disasters, poverty or health exclusion. Be it providing emergency surgery, maternity care, vaccinations, diagnostics or long term care infrastructure, Doctors Without Borders will provide whatever is required to those that need it most.

This does not come without its challenges as MSF staff working around and within war zones confront contagious and deadly disease, and unstable or neglected health care systems. While Doctors Without Borders provides access to health care and treat patients, they also do research and look to advocate for issues they bear witness to.

metrics of impact

In 2017, this approach allowed MSF to deliver care to 10,648,300 people around the world. Last year Canadian funds went to operations in 33 countries and 378 Canadians travelled overseas to help MSF deliver lifesaving care.

For every dollar donated, approximately 86% will go to the projects in the field.

Our donations from Scona will go to an unrestricted emergency fund that helps direct the money to wherever it is needed most urgently.

Donations could cover the costs of the following:

  • $5 pays for a medical diagnosis of a child

  • $18 provides a safe delivery kit for childbirth

  • $30 pays for a Cholera Kit

  • $45 buys a set of malaria rapid test kits

  • $80 pays for a mobile doctors kit to help treat patients in the field

  • $100 can cover the cost of sending a doctor into the field for a day

  • $225, you can pay for a dressings kit to help treat patients who are injured.

  • $500 buys a medical kit to help 1,200 people for three months