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Association

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a vibrant, field-based movement, engaging volunteers and staff from all parts of the world in a shared commitment to humanitarian medical action.

Through MSF associations, members voice their opinions and contribute to the definition and implementation of MSF’s social mission. The associations safeguard the identity of MSF, ensuring that activities and operations stay true to MSF’s Charter, principles and social mission.

The strength of the MSF association lies in its membership of experienced individuals, who choose to dedicate some of their time to determining how MSF’s medical action can best serve people in need of assistance. All MSF members are, or have been working with MSF as employees or volunteers in MSF headquarters or field missions.

By joining an association, members engage in the collective ownership of MSF and oversight of its leadership. The associations function in a participatory way. During the General Assembly, members select a board, which in the case of some associations oversees executive activities. The executive is responsible for day-to-day management and support of operations, and is accountable to the members of the association.