Médecins Sans Frontières and the ICRC: matters of principle
08-02-2013 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 888, by Rony Brauman
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How do Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) differ, and how are they alike? The question came from the Editor-in-chief of this Review, but it is regularly discussed at MSF, which might just as well have queried a member of the ICRC on the same subject.
Rony Brauman, born in 1950, is a medical doctor with degrees in epidemiology and tropical medicine. After working as a
physician in the field for several years, he became president of Me´decins Sans Frontie`res (Doctors Without Borders) in 1982
and held that post until 1994. He is now Director of Studies at the Fondation Me´decins Sans Frontie`res, associate professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, and director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He is a columnist for the quarterly magazine Alternatives Internationales.