The Medecins Sans Frontieres is a humanitarian aid organization that has transcended barriers of nationality across the globe. Created in France in 1971, the mission of the organization is to provide medical relief to people in all countries of the world, regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.
‘Doctors Without Borders’ relies heavily on the goodness of the human spirit, inviting volunteers from the medical field to pitch in time and effort to help those less fortunate and either unable to afford healthcare or unable to have access to it. In the current year, 30,000 doctors, nurses, paramedics, logistics experts and administrators provided selfless service in over 70 countries.
The organization delivers emergency relief aid to people affected by epidemics, armed conflict, natural and man-made disasters or healthcare exclusion. In 1999, Medecins Sans Frontieres was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for delivering help to war-torn regions and countries afflicted with endemic diseases, and helping to create awareness about potential human disasters.
It’s not just the people in the field who are contributing to this humanitarian work. 80% of the organization’s annual budget of over $600 million is provided by private donors, while corporate funding makes up the rest.
Medecins Sans Frontieres has had a presence in Pakistan since 1986. Working primarily in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and FATA, its main focus is on mother and child healthcare. The volunteers’ mission is to bring down the infant mortality rate and provide better maternity care, as well as create awareness about sanitation and protection against disease through immunization.