Doctors Without Borders is a humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization best known for its projects in war-torn regions & developing countries facing endemic disease.
Médecins Sans Frontières was created in 1971 by a small group of French doctors, in the aftermath of the Biafra secession. The organization is known in most of the world as MSF, but in the United States the name “Doctors Without Borders” is more widely used.
MSF is governed by an international board of directors located in Geneva, Switzerland, & organized into 20 sections. Annually, about 3000 doctors, nurses, midwives & logisticians are recruited to run projects. 1000 permanently employed staff work to recruit volunteers, handle finances & media relations. Private donors provide about 80% of the organization’s funding, while governmental & corporate donations provide the rest.
MSF not only provides health care & medical training actively to populations in more than 70 countries, it frequently insists on political responsibility in conflict zones such as Chechnya & Kosovo. The organization has received recognition of its members’ continuous effort to provide medical care in acute crisis & raising international awareness of potential humanitarian disasters.
Perhaps the most important part of this birthday project for Laurel Holloman is the fundraising effort on behalf of DWB/MSF, an organization close to Laurel’s heart.
Please support Doctors Without Borders, by giving of your time and/or money. Donations are accepted year-round here.