Doctors Without Borders (doctorswithoutborders.org), also known by its French name, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is an international humanitarian organization that provides emergency medical care to millions of people caught in crises around the globe. Founded in 1971 by French doctors and journalists, this Nobel Peace Prize–winning charity operates in more than 60 countries wracked by disease, war, famine, and natural disasters. On any given day, MSF deploys 30,000 doctors, nurses, and public health experts, often on the front lines of conflict. The organization is currently fighting a hepatitis outbreak in South Sudan, treating a measles outbreak in Pakistan, and providing emergency medical aid in war-ravaged regions of Syria and northern Mali.
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