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02HOW MSF WORKS MEDICAL ETHICS We carry out our work with respect for the rules of medical ethics in particular the duty to provide care without causing harm to individuals or groups.We respect patients autonomy confidentiality and their right to informed consent.We treat patients with dignity and respect for their cultural and religious beliefs. INDEPENDENCE Our decision to offer assistance in any country or crisis is based on an independent assessment of peoples needs.We strive to ensure that we have the power to freely evaluate medical needs to access populations without restriction and to directly control the aid we provide. Our independence is facilitated by our policy to allow only a marginal portion of our funds to come from governments and intergovernmental organizations. IMPARTIALITY AND NEUTRALITYMSF offers assistance to people based on need irrespective of race religion gender or political affiliation. Our decisions are not based on political economic or religious interests. MSF does not take sides or intervene according to the demands of governments or warring parties. BEARING WITNESSWhen MSF witnesses extreme acts of violence against individuals or groups the organization may speak out publicly.We may seek to bring attention to extreme need and unacceptable suffering when access to lifesaving medical care is hindered medical facilities come under threat crises are neglected or the provision of aid is inadequate or abused. ACCOUNTABILITY MSF is committed to regularly evaluating the effects of its activities.We assume the responsibility of accounting for our actions to our patients and donors. MSF-USA does not accept funding from the US government. SouthSudan2013YannLibessartMSF DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERSMEdecins Sans FrontiEres MSF PRINCIPLES