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MSF conversation starters

Create connections and spark discussions about people in urgent need.

Welcome to MSF Connections: your discussion guide to sparking meaningful, inspiring conversations about humanitarian issues with people in your community. 

Here’s how to use our discussion guide in three easy steps:

  1. Gather with a friend, family member, or colleague—or several!
  2. Skim through our discussion prompts and find a few that resonate with you.
  3. Alternate who is the question-asker and who is the question-answerer. Spark meaningful conversations about what humanitarian values mean to you, and how you can put them into action in your community!
Ahmed Darwesch and Rula Marahfeh

MSF physiotherapist Rula Marahfeh guides 11-year-old Ahmed on how to walk again.

© Peter Bräunig

Providing care


If you were a Doctors Without Borders aid worker, how would you show compassion to each patient?

Consider those who've fled a conflict zone, experienced a natural disaster, or have been affected by a deadly outbreak.

MSF mobile clinic in Kharkiv metro station

Pasha, 36, living with his 4 year-old son Egor and his wife Svetlana, 23, in Akademika Pavlova metro station, Ukraine.

© Mohammad Ghannam

Fleeing home


Imagine you are forced to leave behind life as you know it. With little or no time to prepare, what would you grab?

Money or passport? Cell phone or shoes? Blanket or water bottles? Cherished heirlooms or pet?

Rotation 3 - Rescue 2

Rescued people are transferred by MSF teams to the RHIBS.

© Pablo Garrigos

MSF & you


We are ethical. We are neutral, impartial, and independent. We bear witness. We are accountable.

Which of our core principles means the most to you?

Mobile clinic in Ambaninato

At a mobile clinic in Ambaninato, Madagascar, MSF provided measles vaccinations and distributed food.

© Solen Mourlon

Bearing witness


"We are not sure that words can always save lives but we know that silence can certainly kill."

- Dr. James Orbinski, December 10, 1999; Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

How do you and your community bear witness to world events?

Floods in Dadu district, MSF response

An MSF staff nurse explains a prescribed dosage to a patient at the MSF mobile clinic in Nangar Daro village, Pakistan.

© Asim Hafeez

Seeking safety


27.1 million of the world's displaced people are refugees, and approximately half are under the age of 18.

What are three ways you can speak out and take action—whether in private or public—about the plight of the people that we treat?