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01 HOW MSF WORKS Dear Friend Welcome and thank you for joining Doctors Without Borders Mdecins Sans Frontires MSF by making a generous gift. Our international movement was founded in 1971 by an Association of medical professionals who were united by their passionate belief that people caught in crisis have the right to quality medical care and their determination to deliver it. Today we continue as an Association run by the dedicated people who work in our field projects who come together yearly in a General Assembly to elect our governing Board of Directors from among our colleagues who have worked in the field. In offering your financial support you now stand shoulder-to-shoulder with more than 31000 doctors nurses and other medical and logistical professionals at work every day in nearly 70 countries around the world. We are an inquisitive and reflective organization one that carefully examines our methodologies and the decisions that we have made in order to continually improve the care that we provide to our patients. So in keeping with our tradition of transparency and reflection I am sending you this magazine to answer some of the questions most frequently asked about our organization. I hope that youll visit our website for updates on our day-to-day work. As a community we wholeheartedly invite people inside and outside the organization to continue asking questions so we can continue answering thinking and reflecting with the ultimate goal of improving the care that we deliver in the field to people who truly need our assistance. Sincerely yours Jason Cone Executive Director MSF-USA HUMANITARIAN SPACE Cover photo CAR 2009 Michael KottmeierAgenda