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The MSF Foundation’s ambition is to transform the way in which MSF performs its operational medical mission, and enable it to continually and significantly improve the quality of its operations. To do this, it will sponsor projects based around three main areas:

TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION: 3D technologies, artificial intelligence, digital transformation, etc. Based on technological innovations, we develop solutions to problems in the field. After a study and test phase, our aim is to deploy them in the MSF association’s fields of action and share them with the whole of the sector.

APPLIED MEDICAL RESEARCH: To validate new medical protocols and initiate large-scale changes of practice, we support medical research projects conducted by other institutional players. These research projects, conducted in the field, are chosen for their transformative potential.

HUMANITARIAN KNOWLEDGE: Within the MSF Foundation, the purpose of CRASH is to stimulate debate and critical thinking on field practices and more generally on the humanitarian aid world. In addition, at the MSF Foundation, we also offer MSF executive staff scholarships to facilitate the reinforcement of skills via training.


TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION: the MSF Foundation is banking on 3D technology to design and print prosthetics adapted to the needs of each amputee away from conflict zones or overly-remote places. It is also committing itself to the fight against antibiotic resistance by participating in the creation of a transportable laboratory adaptable to the various difficulties of the fields of intervention, in order to have a better knowledge of pathogens and an appropriate prescription of antibiotics. It is also developing ASTapp, a smartphone application which aims to combat antibiotic resistance in low-resource countries by using artificial intelligence and new technologies. Faced with the Covid-19 epidemic, the Foundation has also developed two application projects, one in Niger and the other in the DRC, to support the local response to the Coronavirus.

APPLIED MEDICAL RESEARCH: the MSF Foundation finances the Epicentre study which aims to prove the effectiveness of fractionation of the vaccine against yellow fever and initiate a large-scale change of practice in the event of an epidemic.
It also supports the Opti-MA study, conducted by Alima, on a new protocol to improve care for children suffering from malnutrition.

HUMANITARIAN KNOWLEDGE: the MSF Foundation grants scholarships enabling field managers to take university courses leading to diplomas. The aim is to improve managers’ expertise and thus better prepare them to deal with complex work situations.
The Cooperative Learning Laboratory (LAC) project aims to free the creativity of operational managers at the head office and in field and encourage the development of collective learning within our association.


The ambition of the MSF Foundation is to develop proximity with its donors and to associate them with the projects it supports. 

• Shared governance with donors

In February 2016, the first gathering of donors took place. It elected a college composed of three members, representatives of the assembly to the Board of Directors of The MSF Foundation. These members, by participating in the governance, are associated with the orientations of the Foundation. Discover your representatives 

• Events for donors 

These events are organized on the initiative of the Center for Reflection on Action and Humanitarian Knowledge (CRASH):

/ 2019 2019 Screening of the movie “ France in Rwanda. Guilty neutrality ”by Robert Genoud and Claudine Vidal followed by a debate in the presence of Claudine Vidal and Jean-Hervé Bradol, both actors of the MSF mobilization from 1994 to 1998.

/ 2018 Conversation with the philosopher Michel Feher on the occasion of the release of the book " Guerres humanitaires? Mensonges et Intox "by Rony Brauman (Editions Textuel) 
/ 2017 " Behind the scenes of the emergency" by Pierre Mendiharat, Deputy Director of Operations, and Léon Salumu, Program Manager in Uganda, based on MSF's work in South Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda. 
/ 2016 "Return on a year of mission in the heart of a conflict" by Hassan Boucenine, mission leader in Yemen. 
/ 2015 " Saving Lives and Staying Alive. Humanitarian security in the age of risk management" by Michaël NEUMAN and Fabrice WEISSMAN, study directors at CRASH, on the occasion of the publication of their publication "Saving Lives and Staying Alive. Humanitarian security in the age of risk management" CNRS Edition in February 2016. 
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If you have any questions on the MSF Foundation or about charitable giving, contact our donor representative, Catherine Béchereau, on 01 40 21 56 88 - from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by email at: