Médecins Sans Frontières – Médecins Sans Frontières is the world’s leading independent organisation for medical humanitarian aid. Every day more than 24,000 Médecins Sans Frontières field staff are providing assistance to people caught in crises around the world. They have offices in 19 countries supporting these teams, including their office in Sydney. Every year around one hundred Australians and New Zealanders are sent to and supported in the field by Médecins Sans Frontières Australia.
Médecins Sans Frontières field staff includes doctors, nurses, administrators, epidemiologists, laboratory technicians, mental health professionals, logistics and water and sanitation experts. The majority of their teams are made up of national field staff from the countries where the crises are occurring with ten percent made up of international field staff.
In 1999 Médecins Sans Frontières was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.