Médecins du Monde / Doctors of the World is an international Non – Governmental, independent, humanitarian organization, which was founded in 1980 by 15 French doctors that believed in bearing witness and providing direct access to medical care for the world’s most vulnerable populations.
The first and foremost mission of Médecins du Monde is to provide treatment. Actions though are not limited to medical care:
Αlways based on its medical experience and acting independently, MdM is vocal against the obstruction of access to healthcare and the violation of human rights and dignity. Firm supporters of human rights, they are against racism, xenophobia and the social isolation and marginalization of social groups.
These are the principles underlying the establishment of the organization «Médecins du Monde» which later began to spread in other countries (Argentina, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA), creating an international network of Humanitarian Relief organizations dedicated to provide medical care to populations while fighting for equal access to healthcare worldwide.
MdM has become today an integral and important part of the international network of Non-Governmental Humanitarian Organizations.
Médecins du Monde’s logo was designed in November 1987 by Richard Rossin. The dove symbolises peace and medical care. The branch represents the five continents and the blue represents their natural links, which are the sky and the sea. The dove symbolically transcends borders and is drawn in a circle, which represents the world.