Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), sometimes rendered in English as Doctors
Without Borders, is a private aid organisation with an international
focus. It was founded in Paris in 1971 and consists mostly of doctors
and nurses, but also of people from numerous other professions such as
logisticians, administrators and financial and human resource
specialists. The staff provide medical aid in more than 70 countries
around the world - wherever human lives are threatened. The main reasons
for their missions are armed conflicts, but also epidemics, pandemics
and natural disasters or exclusion from the health system. The
organisation is 97 per cent financed by private donations.
According to its charter, MSF helps people in need regardless of their ethnic origin or their religious, philosophical or political convictions. In recognition of its pioneering humanitarian work on several continents, the initiative was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
Philately Liechtenstein is honouring MSF on the occasion of its 50th anniversary with the special stamp "Worldwide Without Borders" (face value: CHF 3.70).