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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, private and non-profit organisation, which provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict. MSF does this irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions. MSF observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and claims full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.

MSF was founded in Paris, France, in 1971. Today, it runs 446 projects in 69 countries around the world, and has almost 34,000 international and national field staff.

MSF comprises 21 main national offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. There are also offices in Argentina, the Czech Republic, India, Ireland, Mexico, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. MSF International is based in Geneva.

The search for efficiency has led MSF to create 10 specialised organisations, called ‘satellites’, which take charge of specific activities such as humanitarian relief supplies, epidemiological and medical research, and research on humanitarian and social action. These satellites, considered as related parties to the national offices, include: MSF-Supply, MSF-Logistique, Epicentre, Fondation MSF, Fondation MSF Belgique, Etat d’Urgence Production, MSF Assistance, SCI MSF, SCI Sabin, Ärzte Ohne Grenzen Foundation and MSF Enterprises Limited. There is also the Access Campaign which was launched in 1999 with the sole purpose of advocating for the accessibility and development of life-saving and life-prolonging medicines, diagnostics and vaccines for patients in MSF projects and beyond.

In this report, the country texts provide descriptive overviews of MSF’s operational activities throughout the world between January and December 2015. Country summaries are representational and, owing to space considerations, may not be comprehensive. Staffing figures represent the total full-time equivalent positions per country in 2015.

Note that the place names and boundaries used in this report do not reflect any position by MSF on their legal status. Some patients’ names have been changed for reasons of confidentiality.

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