This study of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) casts new light on the organization’s founding principles, distinctive culture, and inner struggles to realize more fully its “without borders” transnational vision.
In 2005, a famine ravaged the country of Niger. From the outset, the media focused more on the supposed natural causes of the food shortage—the droughts and locust infestations that have always plagued the region—rather than the political issues that kept NGOs and the government from adequately addressing the crisis.
Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier draws on her expertise in humanitarian law and her experience as legal director for MSF to explain in clear, precise language the rights of victims and humanitarian organizations in times of conflict, tension, and crisis.
The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders is a book that uses photographs, illustrations and text to tell the powerful story of clandestine operations Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) undertook to assist Afghan people after the 1979 Soviet invasion.
An exploration of how the particular style of humanitarian action practiced by MSF has stayed in line with the standards in scientifically advanced countries while also leading to significant improvements in the medical care delivered to people in crisis.
A collection of 14 first-hand accounts of life inside conflict zones where MSF provides emergency medical care. The book takes readers on a harrowing tour of countries in crisis, profiling people struggling to cope with war, disease, and lack of access to basic health care.
A collection of essays by François Jean, who contributed enormously in the field and at headquarters to the evolution and direction of MSF for nearly two decades. Throughout his time with MSF, he wrote prolifically about the difficulties and challenges face by humanitarian aid workers in a shifting political landscape.
In his memoir, Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-Torn Village, physician James Maskalyk recounts his first Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) assignment in Abyei, Southern Sudan. He and his team provided emergency medical care to the local population in this oil-rich region, which at the time was contentiously disputed. The book began as a popular MSF blog called Suddenly…Sudan.
"How can we improve the aid we provide to victims of armed conflict?" asks Jean-Hervé Bradol, MD, in the opening pages of Civilians Under Fire. Dr. Bradol, President of the international medical aid organization’s office in Paris, and several other medical experts from MSF try to answer this question by taking an introspective and self-critical look at the medical programs MSF ran in the Congo Republic during a severe phase of the civil war that devastated the country from 1998-2000.
Over the past 40 years, MSF has developed a reputation as an emergency medical humanitarian organization willing to go almost anywhere to deliver care to people in need. Yet when questioned about MSF, people in countries where it works had different perceptions. One thought MSF was from Saudi Arabia and financed by Muslim charities. Another thought it was a China-based corporation. And yet another believed MSF requires everyone who enters their medical facilities to be armed (quite the opposite, in fact). These are just some of the surprising revelations found in In the Eyes of Others: How People in Crises Perceive Humanitarian Aid.