We believe in social justice as a vehicle for equal access to healthcare, respect for fundamental rights and collective solidarity.
With our partners, the communities and their representatives, we help empower all socially and physically vulnerable populations to take action within their social environment, to become actors in their own health and to exercise their rights.
Our organisation is independent of all political, religious or financial authorities or interests. We are independent in the choice of our programmes and operating methods. We refuse all forms of subordination and foster dialogue with the people and the communities with which we work.
As a movement of committed and militant professionals made up of volunteers and salaried staff, we provide medical services, bear witness and - strengthened by our diversity - support populations seeking social change.
We seek balance between national and international action, between emergency and long-term actions, between medical and lay knowledge and between public funding and private donations.
This balance is a key factor in our relevance and our originality.
Our action principles
Guided by medical ethics, we want to give everyone proper access to all physical, psychological and social healthcare based on the needs and cooperation of communities..
Witness and advocate
Beyond outrage and repulsion, we seek to reveal intolerable conditions in order to report and denounce them. To do this, we have been developing specific expertise borne from our practices on the ground and also witness statements, which can help mobilise civil society. We call on national and international authorities to facilitate access to care and promote human rights. We seek to influence political decisions so as to provide better health protection to people and communities. Our actions can extend, where necessary, to legal proceedings in the quest for a favourable precedent or legal and regulatory changes. We are advocates for health systems organised by public administrations, which are accessible to all and based on the principles of fairness and solidarity. Healthcare and humans should not become mere commodities.
Support social change
We are convinced that sustainable change rests on "the development of a people's power to take control" of their health. Their "empowerment" guides our actions. The beneficiaries of our programmes are included in all stages from conception and organisation to assessment. We support them in their steps towards formulating public health policies that are in line with medical expertise and their actual needs.