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
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
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