Onstage at the International General Assembly
The 2016 International General Assembly in Athens, Greece. The International General Assembly is the highest governance body within MSF. It safeguards our medical humanitarian mission and provides general and strategic orientations across the movement.
GREECE 2016 © Bruno De Cock/MSF
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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a vibrant movement made up of people from all corners of the world who share a common purpose: to save the lives and alleviate the suffering of people in danger by delivering medical care where it is needed most.

Our success over the past 40 years is a testament to these people, who have dedicated their time and expertise to MSF’s work overseas and at home.

To continue this success our staff—past and present—can shape the movement’s future by becoming a member of an MSF association.

How do MSF associations work?

Each of the 24 MSF offices is an association—an organization owned by members, who safeguard the work of their MSF offices as well as working together to shape the future of the MSF movement.

Becoming a member means taking collective responsibility for MSF. Because the people making the decisions have worked with MSF, the organization stays focused on medical care and our core principles: independence, impartiality and neutrality.

Association members are ambassadors for MSF. They promote MSF’s ideals, aims and mission, raising awareness of what MSF is and what it stands for.

The MSF associations turn our organization into a powerful movement, led by the people who work for us. They are responsive to the realities of delivering medical aid in the world’s most challenging places and open to new ideas. MSF associations keep our organization on the cutting edge of providing rapid-response medical care to millions.

The MSF-USA Association

In the US, association members elect the US Board of Directors, who govern on their behalf. Members then hold the board accountable for its actions. Board members elect the executive director, take responsibility for the actions of MSF-USA, and work to guarantee that the MSF principles are respected.

The board sets broad strategic directions and delegates the implementation of strategy to the management team, who run the office day-to-day. Every month, the board meets to ensure that MSF-USA continues to operate well and is achieving its objectives.

The MSF-USA Association is subject to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law. 

If you work or volunteer for MSF-USA, you can follow operation discussions and debates on The Portal.

Who can join the MSF-USA Association?

Any individual who currently is, or has ever been, employed by or has a significant connection to MSF-USA, either through field assignment or office work (including internships and volunteering, or Advisory Board representation) is eligible to be a member.

Their connection to MSF may have been with any section and in any mission. According to International Statutes, an association member must have six months combined field experience with MSF, or two completed missions, in order to have voting rights.