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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, private and non-profit organisation, which provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict. MSF does this irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions. MSF observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and claims full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.

MSF was founded in Paris, France, in 1971. Today, it runs 468 projects in 71 countries around the world, and has more than 35,000 international and national field staff.

It comprises 21 main national offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. There are also offices in Argentina, the Czech Republic, Republic of Korea, India and Ireland. MSF International is based in Geneva.

The search for efficiency has led MSF to create 10 specialised organisations, called ‘satellites’, which take charge of specific activities such as humanitarian relief supplies, epidemiological and medical research, and research on humanitarian and social action. These satellites, considered as related parties to the national offices, include: MSF Supply, MSF Logistique, Epicentre, Fondation MSF, Etat d’Urgence Production, SCI MSF, SCI Sabin, Fondation MSF Belgique, Ärzte Ohne Grenzen Foundation and MSF Enterprises Limited. As these organisations are controlled by MSF, they are included in the scope of the MSF Financial Report and the figures presented here.

In this report, the country texts in this report provide descriptive overviews of MSF’s operational activities throughout the world between January and December 2016. Staffing figures represent the total full-time equivalent positions per country in 2016.

Note that the place names and boundaries used in this report do not reflect any position by MSF on their legal status. Some patients’ names have been changed for reasons of confidentiality.

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