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The MSF Association

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 more than 45 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.

Today, MSF is made up of 25 associations – organisations owned by members. The associations make sure that MSF remains true to its purpose, principles and values and help shape the future of the MSF movement.

How do MSF Associations work?

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

The MSF UK Association

In the UK, association members elect the UK Board of Trustees, who govern on their behalf.

The Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for what MSF UK does. It appoints our Executive Director, takes responsibility for the actions of MSF UK and works to guarantee that the MSF principles are respected.

The Board delegates the implementation of strategy to the MSF UK management team, who run the office day-to-day. Every six weeks the Board meets to ensure MSF UK is well run and achieving its objectives.

Every year, usually in May or June, the Association gathers at the Annual General Meeting, the heart of MSF UK's internal democracy.

If you are a UK MSFer, you can access the UK Association website.

The MSF movement

Elected representatives from the UK meet together with colleagues from the other MSF Associations contributing their voices to the global discussions shaping MSF’s work.

During the annual International General Assembly the MSF President is appointed and an International Board chosen. They are responsible for bringing coherence to our vibrant and diverse movement.

Who can become an association member?

MSF overseas staff, office staff and office volunteers may apply to join after they have worked with MSF for six months.

Their contribution to MSF may have been with any section and in any project country. They do not have to live in the UK, nor be a UK citizen.

How to join?

Complete this application form and return it to Pam O'Brien by email.

(The three page PDF document will open in a new tab in your browser, click the download button on the top right of the screen and save the file to your computer. Open the document, fill in the interactive fields, save and then attach to an email.)  

The power of the associations

The MSF Associations turn our organisation in to a powerful movement, led by the people who work for us, which is responsive to the realities of delivering medical aid in the world’s most challenging places.