What is our mission?

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From the very beginning MSF understood that it was not enough to simply treat patients. We have a responsibility to speak out about suffering and their realities. This is “témoignage” or bearing witness:

“Silence has long been presented as a necessary condition of humanitarian action… MSF was created in opposition to this assumption. We are not sure that words can always save lives, but we know that silence can certainly kill.”
Dr. James Orbinski, former MSF International President accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of MSF in 1999