Médecins sans Frontières
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The world’s largest private medical disaster relief organisation, which provides medical assistance and humanitarian aid to victims of war, famine, natural disasters, epidemics, and refugee camps in the form of emergency medical care, immunisation and hygienic services, food and water, education, and training.
MSF was begun in 1971 by a group of French doctors in the wake of the Biafra secession. It has funded tens of thousands of individual missions, often operates in volatile political environments, and thus carries a risk of arrest and/or death. In 2007 over 26,000 health and allied health professionals, logistic experts, water and sanitation engineers and others provided medical aid in over 60 countries. Private donors provide about 85% of the organisation’s annual budget of approximately USD 400 million
Translation: Doctors without Borders