Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)
- Website: www.msf.org
- Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 80 countries.
- According to its Charter, MSF "offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation."
- MSF's volunteers "undertake to respect their professional code of ethics and to maintain complete independence from all political, economic and religious powers."
- In 2008, “MSF's worldwide income was $979 million.” “Relies on the general public for nearly 87 percent of its operating funds.” In the past, the organization was subsidized by the EU, Belgium, Denmark, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK. (Links to recent funding reports on the MSF website are broken.)
- In July 2010, MSF worked “closely with an Israeli team of burn specialists” to treat victims of a fuel tanker crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to a Haaretz report, one of Israeli doctors described negative interactions with the MSF volunteers, who “did not want to be around him or the other team members.” In response, MSF denied that “cooperation was difficult due to alleged anti-Israel sentiment from MSF staff,” or that it “places politics above the best interests of our patients.”
- MSF accused Israel of “devastating disregard” for civilians during the 2009 Gaza war, alleging that Israel conducted “indiscriminate bombings” during the fighting.
- In 2007, an MSF employee from Gaza was arrested for allegedly plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The NGO responded that “We are very sad for Bashir, but we want to make it very clear that we make a distinction between his professional work and what he does on his personal time. I don't think our organization can be held liable for every aspect of its staff's lives.”
- MSF’s short video about scarce medical resources in Gaza highlighted Hamas' forced redundancies of Fatah supporters and the subsequent health care workers' strike.