Our organisation

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Our organisation

Doctors of the World relies on volunteer managers, volunteers in France, volunteer project workers on international operations and a permanent salaried staff. 


Decision-making bodies

The General Assembly is the organisation’s supreme decision-making body: its members meet once a year to elect members of the Board and to amend and approve the articles of association. 

The Board is the organisation’s executive body. Its members are elected for a term of 3 years. It meets monthly to take decisions concerning the future direction of the organisation. 

The Bureau is elected by the Board for one year. Its members are all drawn from that body. It draws up the agenda for the Board and the dossiers to be dealt with at its meetings.

Consultative structure

The organisation’s consultative structure is organised in groups based on a particular theme or geographical region. These groups comprise the RMs (Responsables de mission - Volunteer Board Delegates) as well as any other members of the organisation who wish so. They put forward intervention strategies and priorities. Their role is crucial for situation analysis, selecting modes of intervention, capitalising on programmes and also for preparing those areas earmarked for advocacy and priority action prior to them being approved by the Board. 

Permanent operational structure

This is led by the general directorate and is made up of the International Operations Directorate, French Programmes Directorate, Adoption Department, Communication and Development Directorate, Human Resources Directorate, Finance and Information Systems Directorate and Legal Affairs Directorate. 

Joint bodies

On the one hand this includes the Executive Committee, a weekly meeting of members of the Bureau and operational directors, which scrutinises the organisation’s strategic decisions.  

On the other hand, it includes meetings of the Human Resources Group which defines relevant policy before it is finalised and approved by the Board. These meetings are monthly and involve the Human Resources Directorate and the Bureau.  

Regional delegations

The delegations covering 14 regions of France undertake regional or international assignments within the frameworks defined by the Board. Elected every two years, the regional colleges represent the regional fabric and life of our non-profit organisation. 



Françoise Sivignon, radiologist 



Luc Jarrige, medical resuscitation specialist
Catherine Giboin, public health consultant

General Secretary: Christian Laval, sociologist
Deputy General Secretary:  Florence Rigal, internist 
Treasurer: Philippe de Botton, endocrinologist and diabetologist  
Deputy Treasurer: Julien Bousac, independent consultant in civil society and promoting human rights

Ordinary members

Philippe de Botton, endocrinologist and diabetologist  
Julien Bousac, independent consultant in civil society and promoting human rights
Catherine Giboin, public health consultant
Luc Jarrige, medical resuscitation specialist 
Alexandre Kamarotos
Christian Laval, sociologist
Joël Le Corre, general practitioner
Thierry Malvezin, specialized educator
Fyras Mawazini,
Françoise Sivignon, radiologist 
Florence Rigal, internist
François Berdougo, health project coordinator


Alternate members

Anne Guilberteau, sociologist
Serge Lipski, radiologist

Françoise Sivignon, president of Médecins du Monde
Françoise Sivignon, president of Médecins du Monde

Radiologist Françoise SIVIGNON has devoted her hospital and voluntary career since 1985 to working with people with HIV. After 8 years spent working for the city of Paris public hospitals (APHP) and several stints working abroad, she completed her professional training and development by studying public health. 

Françoise Sivignon joined the organisation as a volunteer in 2002, subsequently becoming RM (Volunteer Board Delegate) on the programme aimed at reducing the risks of infection among drug users and sex workers in Burma (Myanmar). A member of the Board of Doctors of the World France between 2005 and 2008, she then became Administrator and subsequently President of the Netherlands delegation of the MdM international network. On her return to France in 2012, she took on the role of Vice-president of Doctors of the World, with particular responsibility for international programmes.

Françoise Sivignon is convinced that only a political approach to health that goes beyond dispensing care provides the means to act on the social determinants of health and to support social change both at home and abroad. 

Operational Directorate

  • Director General: Joël Weiler
  • Director of French Programmes: Yannick Le Bihan
  • Director of International Operations: Jean-François Corty
  • Director of Communication and Development: Jean-Baptiste Matray
  • Director of Human Resources:
  • Director of Finance and Information Systems: Catherine Desessard
  • Director of Legal Affairs: Loïc Blanchard
  • Director of Health Advocacy: Sandrine Simon


What being a member means 

Becoming a member is a way of showing commitment to Doctors of the World. Fully agreeing with the principles, culture and functioning of the organisation, those who become members wish to participate in the life of Doctors of the World and in its decision-making. Members vote at the General Assembly and can stand for election to the Board.

How to join

Only those individuals who have contributed to the work of Doctors of the World (working on our programmes in France or internationally, engaged in volunteer activity) may be members of the organisation. The annual subscription is €35. Membership status is granted by the Board.  


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