The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation

General Support for Doctors Without Borders

Grant Information
Categories Healthcare
Location International
Cycle Year 2019
Organization Information
Organization Name (provided by applicant) Doctors Without Borders
Organization Name (provided by automatic EIN validation)
Contact Information
Contact Name Irene Mcpherron
Phone (646) 768-5639
40 Rector Street
16th Floor
New York
Additional Information
Used for On any given day, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical teams, made up of approximately 40,000 doctors, nurses, midwives, epidemiologists, water-and-sanitation experts and many others, combine their professional expertise to provide assistance to people caught in crisis at about 450 MSF projects in over 70 countries. They frequently run programs in remote locations and are often the first international aid workers to arrive at the scene of an emergency—ranging from areas devastated by earthquakes or floods to epidemic outbreaks and armed conflicts. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people in crisis regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation.
Benefits Unrestricted, general support is especially important as it enables MSF to launch emergency programs and carry out its mission of conducting relief programs based entirely on need. By the end of 2019, our medical teams will have provided outpatient care to more than 11 million people, including malnourished children, malaria patients, and those affected by weather-related disasters. We will have hospitalized about 750,000 people in need of emergency obstetric care and treatment for severe burns or trauma. And we will have conducted more than 100,000 major surgeries, assisted 25,000 victims of sexual violence, and treated more than 175,000 people with HIV/AIDS.
Proposal Description Every year, MSF teams respond to some of the world’s most high-profile medical emergencies—and some of the least visible ones—caring for millions of people in the process. MSF offers assistance to people based on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender, or political affiliation. We give priority to those in the most serious and immediate danger, especially those affected by conflicts, epidemics, nutritional crises, and natural disasters. For example, we are launching a variety of programs to assist people fleeing wars and persecution in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, including search-and-rescue operation on the Mediterranean Sea.

MSF medical teams conduct evaluations on the ground to determine a population's medical needs, aiming to fill gaps that exist (rather than replicating services that are already offered) or reach communities that are not being assisted. Ultimately, MSF programs seek to reduce morbidity and mortality by addressing the health, nutritional, and water and sanitation needs of vulnerable populations. Objectives for 2019 include the following:
• Provide free outpatient medical care to millions of people at MSF-run or supported hospitals, clinics, and health posts, focusing on malaria, diarrheal illnesses, malnutrition, and victims of violence and sexual violence;
• Provide 24-hour inpatient care for hundreds of thousands of children and adults at MSF-run inpatient wards at hospitals and health centers;
• Open new and run existing surgical theaters that will perform surgery on thousands of war wounded, women with obstetric emergencies, and others in urgent need of surgery;
• Treat infectious and parasitic diseases and carry out vaccinations campaigns and other preventive strategies to stem outbreaks of cholera and other diseases;
• Supply clean water and sanitation, and distribute essential supplies to prevent the spread of disease among people fleeing violence, as needed; and
• Carry out exploratory missions to determine whether to launch additional programs.