Friends of Medecins Sans Frontieres (FoMSF) is officially affiliated with Doctors Without Borders and fundraises for them.
The Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières – University of Toronto chapter is a student organisation fully affiliated with MSF Canada. Our mandate is to engage with students concerned about humanitarian crises by helping them become aware of MSF and its work around the world.
MSF is the world’s leading independent humanitarian relief organisation, delivering aid to people affected by armed conflicts, epidemics, disasters, and lack of equitable access to health care. Doing so in over 60 countries around the world requires the skills and talents of many different professions, including engineers, accountants, and journalists, in addition to nurses and doctors. Friends of MSF seeks to involve students from all faculties, programs, and backgrounds, recognizing that students interested in working for MSF can do so by pursuing a broad variety of career paths, not just those of the medical professions.
The primary objectives of the FoMSF UofT chapter are: (1) to raise awareness of the value of humanitarian aid, specifically to the field projects of MSF; (2) to educate students about global health issues and the international response to those issues; and (3) to engage the student population in fundraising that supports the work of MSF Canada. These objectives are pursued through events such as speaker sessions that include MSF staff who have recently returned from field projects, awareness campaigns that bring attention to MSF’s current work and educate students about the global health issues that MSF is responding to, and fundraisers that directly benefit MSF Canada.