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Fifty years ago, a group of doctors and journalists founded MSF, aiming to provide lifesaving assistance during wars, outbreaks of disease, following natural disasters or where people are excluded from healthcare.

They pledged to speak out about the suffering they witnessed in the course of their work, with the idea that this could also help to change things for their patients.

From the Rwandan genocide to the West African Ebola outbreak, our teams have stood shoulder to shoulder with people in moments of crisis, with the principles of humanity our driving force.

In recognition of this humanitarian work, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.

We hope to be there for people when they need us the most for the next 50 years to come.

Here’s how you can take part in our commemoration of 50 years of MSF:

South Sudan


This exhibition portrays some of the most important moments over the past half century. 

Visit the exhibition  

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