Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides independent, impartial assistance in almost 70 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF also reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize. MSF's work is based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics and impartiality. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people in crisis regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation. MSF operates independently of any political, military, or religious agendas. Medical teams conduct evaluations on the ground to determine a population's medical needs before opening programs, aiming to fill gaps that exist (rather than replicating services that are already offered) or reach communities that are not being assisted. The key to MSF's ability to act independently in response to a crisis is its independent funding. Ninety percent of MSF's overall funding comes from private, non-governmental sources. Even a small donation will be greatly appreciated - If you want to contribute and become a regular or one-time donor, look for more information in our donations section.