Helene Ponpon
Geneva, 25 July 2011
M¿decins Sans Fronti¿res (MSF) unanimously adopted new statutes of MSF International, ending a two-year
long process to reform its associative governing bodies.
During a meeting of the 19 currently existing MSF associations, MSF agreed to establish an International General Assembly and International Board that will be responsible for safeguarding MSFÕs medical humanitarian identity and its mission.

The adoption of the new Statutes, and their entry into force on Monday 27 June, provide MSF with the framework and tools to improve the way the organisation works together at an international level in the face of internal and external challenges. The reforms aim to preserve MSFÕs decentralised operational functioning while improving the organisationÕs coherence and accountability at an international level.

"The objective of this reform of MSFÕs international governance is to maintain and improve on MSFÕs effectiveness and efficiency in providing medical humanitarian assistance to those in need," stated Dr. Unni Karunakara, MSF International President. "MSF International will now be more inclusive and open to new associations emerging in regions where we work, especially in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. We hope that these associations will bring new voices and fresh perspectives to our movement and challenge us to continue to seek and adapt innovative medical approaches to improve our work."