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Médecins du Monde is dependent on qualified members with field experience, volunteers in France, voluntary workers for international operations and a permanent paid staff. The support of hundreds of thousands of donors guarantees Médecins du Monde’s financial independence.

Thanks to the different actors who make up the charity, MdM’s work, in line with civil society, constantly questions its practices and operational efficacy throughout its programmes for the sake of it beneficiaries. This unique organisation has become MdM’s trademark and strength amongst other big charities.  


    Numbers

DECIDING AUTHORITIES

MdM members, 1,081 in 2012, meet once a year for the general assembly (AG), the highest deciding body and entitled to change the charity’s statutes. The general assembly elects twelve board members for three years, plus three deputy members. The board elects a President and a Bureau within its members for three years: a Vice-President, a Treasurer, a deputy Treasurer, a General Secretary, a deputy General Secretary and a delegate.

  • 1,081members
• 1,395 volunteers
• 248 employees
• 5 continental groups
• 8 theme groups
• 1 Mission France
group
• 17 regional delegations

The board, the charity’s executive body, meets every month to vote on the charity’s strategic directions.  To complete this task, the board’s work is underpinned by:

  • An advisory associative structure
  • A standing operational structure
  • Joint decision bodies between standing and associative
  • Regional offices


THE ADVISORY STRUCTURE  

It is divided between ‘continental’ and ‘theme’ groups. Each group is made up of volunteer executives focusing on a given mission, suggesting ideas or issuing opinions on the continent or theme at stake. Their role is of utmost importance in terms of context assessment, work methods and drawing on project experience. The charity has five continental groups, four theme groups and one national group (France) that covers the French missions’ steering committees and Harm reduction. Members of the advisory groups are elected as part of the rules of procedure. 


THE PERMANENT OPERATIONAL STRUCTURE

It is driven by the Directorate General and includes the International Operations Department, the Department of French programmes, the Adoption Department, the Communication and Development Departments, the Human Resources Department, the Department of Financial Management and Information Systems and the Legal Affairs Department.


JOINT DECISION-MAKING BODIES

They include the management board, which brings together associative and directors once a week, and screens strategic decisions as regards the missions, testimonies, political lobbying and communication. The human resources group also meets once a month to define all human resources policies before their validation by the board.


REGIONAL DELEGATION

MdM has set up regional delegations. Elected every other year, regional colleges represent the associative life of the charity within their region. Regional delegations carry out international or regional missions within the scope defined by the board. The whole of the associative executives, heads of mission, heads of groups, regional delegates and the board meet three times at a national advisory committee.   


DONOR COMMITTEE

Donors are represented by the donor committee. The donor committee is made up of 15 coopted members and carries out constructive, critical and consensual reflections as regards the charity, its missions, management, fundraising and communication.  The committee has specific tools to assess missions in France and internationally.  Thanks to its President, it can express itself during board meetings and at the general assembly. This organisation fosters creative debate at all levels. It guarantees MdM’s political and financial independence as a militant charity. It ensures volunteer commitment of health professionals for the most vulnerable populations, underpinned with a constant concern of quality and efficiency of its international and local missions. 


Olivier LEBEL Médecins du Monde’s Director-General

Graduate of Polytechnique School, MBA INSEAD and Telecom Paris Tech School, Olivier Lebel, 53 years old, has previously run various businesses and charities. In his last job for the French Red Cross (la Croix-Rouge française), he was first deputy Director-General and then Director-General.

According to Olivier Lebel, « Médecins du Monde is the ideal 21st century associative model. It represents an alternate path for the future between market economy and public economy. It embodies innovation and should enable each individual’s generosity to achieve its full potential in light of one’s commitment to humanity”.   

 

President: Thierry BRIGAUD, occupational doctor

Vice-president: Françoise Sivignon, radiologist

Vice-president: Luc Jarrige, anaesthetist

General secretary: Patrick Beauverie, hospital pharmacist

Deputy general secretary: Maria MELCHIOR, epidemiologist

Tresaurer: Christophe ADAM, general practitioner

Deputy Treasurer: Gérard PASCAL, surgeon

 

FULL MEMBERS

Andrea BREZOVSEK, nurse

Patrick DAVID, anaesthetist

Ariane JUNCA, anaesthetist

Christian LAVAL, sociologist

Olivier MAGUET, consultant

 

ALTERNATE MEMBERS

Philippe de BOTTON, endocrinologist

Margarita GONZALEZ, nurse

Frédéric JACQUET, public health inspector

President: Thierry BRIGAUD, occupational doctor

Vice-president: Françoise Sivignon, radiologist

Vice-president: Luc Jarrige, anaesthetist

General secretary: Patrick Beauverie, hospital pharmacist

Deputy general secretary: Maria MELCHIOR, epidemiologist

Tresaurer: Christophe ADAM, general practitioner

Deputy Treasurer: Gérard PASCAL, surgeon

 

FULL MEMBERS

Andrea BREZOVSEK, nurse

Patrick DAVID, anaesthetist

Ariane JUNCA, anaesthetist

Christian LAVAL, sociologist

Olivier MAGUET, consultant

 

ALTERNATE MEMBERS

Philippe de BOTTON, endocrinologist

Margarita GONZALEZ, nurse

Frédéric JACQUET, public health inspector

As a secular, independent and democratic association, Médecins du Monde’s work relies on the commitment of its volunteers and salaried staff.


Médecins du Monde’s international network has consultative status with the Council of Europe and with the United Nations. MdM coordinates with UNHCR, WHO and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). MdM also belongs to key civil society networks to make sure our efforts are well coordinated and effective.

As a secular, independent and democratic association, Médecins du Monde’s work relies on the commitment of its volunteers and salaried staff.


Médecins du Monde’s international network has consultative status with the Council of Europe and with the United Nations. MdM coordinates with UNHCR, WHO and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). MdM also belongs to key civil society networks to make sure our efforts are well coordinated and effective.

Who are members?

Membership is a way to be a part of Médecins du Monde.  In accordance with its principles, culture and the functioning of the charity (statutes), members take part in the life and the decision-making process of the charity. Members vote at the General Assembly and can run for Board membership.   

    
Number of Members in 2012: 1,081

How to become a member?

Health professionals or anyone who has contributed to Médecins du Monde’s action in France or worldwide (be it on our French programmes, international programmes or as volunteers) can become a member.

Membership is granted by the Board
35 € yearly contribution

Who are members?

Membership is a way to be a part of Médecins du Monde.  In accordance with its principles, culture and the functioning of the charity (statutes), members take part in the life and the decision-making process of the charity. Members vote at the General Assembly and can run for Board membership.   

    
Number of Members in 2012: 1,081

How to become a member?

Health professionals or anyone who has contributed to Médecins du Monde’s action in France or worldwide (be it on our French programmes, international programmes or as volunteers) can become a member.

Membership is granted by the Board
35 € yearly contribution