Carine Rolland, nouvelle présidente de Médecins du Monde France © Nicolas Danicourt

Dr Carine Rolland becomes President of Médecins du Monde France

The new Board of Médecins du Monde France elected Dr Carine Rolland as its president during the organisation’s general assembly held on 19 June 2021.

A general practitioner based in Nantes, Carine Rolland has been a campaigner with Médecins du Monde for a number of years. Her commitment dates back to 2009 when she joined the association’s Pays de la Loire regional office.

Carine Rolland, new president of Médecins du Monde France © Nicolas Danicourt
Carine Rolland, new president of Médecins du Monde France © Nicolas Danicourt

First working as a volunteer, she went on to set up and become head of mission of a programme for unaccompanied minors. In addition to her work in the field, Carine Rolland is actively involved with national bodies on issues related to migration and advocacy.

Her work as a general practitioner often brings her to provide medical treatment to people living in conditions of extreme hardship – sex workers, the homeless, migrants, etc.

 

Healthcare for all, without hindrance or discrimination

The Médecins du Monde teams go out to meet homeless people and those living in poor housing conditions to offer them medical and social consultations, inform them of their rights and accompany them. © Olivier Papegnies
The Médecins du Monde teams go out to meet homeless people and those living in poor housing conditions to offer them medical and social consultations, inform them of their rights and accompany them. © Olivier Papegnies

Carine Rolland became a member of the Board of Médecins du Monde in 2019 and has held the post of General secretary since 2020. She defends the right to healthcare for all, without hindrance or discrimination, whether in France or elsewhere in the world.

In France and other countries, reaching out to assist and respond to people’s needs wherever they may be.

A staunch human rights advocate, Carine Rolland will pursue this commitment during her three-year term as President of Médecins du Monde. "In today’s environment, our political independence that’s largely due to our financial independence is our greatest strength. Médecins du Monde runs programmes in France and other countries, reaching out to assist and respond to people’s needs wherever they may be. This is made possible principally through the generosity of the public and our donors.”

"As an international medical NGO, Médecins du Monde can be proud of the battles it has fought over the past 40 years. We must now rise to the issues at a time in history when the pace is accelerating and we are witnessing a decline in public health systems and access to medical services, the growing concentration of wealth, undermining of fundamental human rights, intimidation of care-givers and unremitting gender-based violence. And let’s not forget the impact of climate change that’s set to be one of the greatest challenges the world will face in years to come.”

 

HERE AND THERE, SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH CARE

Most of Myanmar’s Rohingya population have been forced to flee to Bangladesh as refugees. ©Arnaud Finistre
Most of Myanmar’s Rohingya population have been forced to flee to Bangladesh as refugees. ©Arnaud Finistre

With 107 programmes in France and 29 countries and a presence in 77 others via its international network, Médecins du Monde supports – from the association’s perspective of bringing health care to populations – civil societies in their fight for more social justice by enhancing their capacity for action and the localisation of humanitarian aid.

Facilitate access to treatment and vaccines for all of humankind.

“It is urgent to facilitate access to treatment and vaccines for all of humankind and together strive for a world respectful of human rights and the right to life in an environment conducive to the good health of all.”

 

The board was also partially renewed. Elected members are as follows:

Sophie Alary, director of programmes – Aurore

Mustapha Benslimane, director of a socio-medical centre

Bernard Juan, entrepreneur

Alexandre Kamarotos, humanitarian aid worker, director – Defence for Children international

Prof. Antoine Lazarus, doctor, honorary professor of public health and social medicine

Thierry Malvezin, counsellor specialised in child protection

Elsa Vidal, consultant in humanitarian action

 

Executive committee :

President: Dr Carine Rolland, general practitioner

Vice-President: Sophie Alary, director of programmes – Aurore

General Secretary: Roberto Bianco-Levrin, social worker

Treasurer: Mustapha Benslimane, director of a socio-medical centre

 

 

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