Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

April 15, 2021



Médecins du Monde was created in 1980 by a group of French physicians, including Médecins sans frontières founder Dr Bernard Kouchner, in response to a dispute within MSF about Dr Kouchner’s decision to charter a ship to rescue the “boat people” escaping Vietnam without the organization’s permission. Médecins du Monde has since expanded to an international network, including a branch in Canada established in 1996. The Canadian branch is based in Montreal and conducts business in French.

Where they work

Nicaragua, Vietnam, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Sudan, and a project in Montreal for homeless and marginalized patients.

Who is needed

General practitioners and emergency physicians.


Durations of missions vary.

Financial Considerations

Volunteers received a $1000 monthly stipend and $750 per month in local currency. Volunteers who spend more than a year overseas receive a grant of $2500. Housing and insurance are covered by Médecins du Monde Canada. Accompanying spouses of volunteers also qualify for insurance coverage and airfare.


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