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How your donation is used

An MSF clinical officer examines a young patient in the Outpatient Department of MSF's field hospital in Doro refugee camp, South Sudan. MSF/Nichole Sobecki

(Figures from MSF International 2016. To learn more, see our International Financial Report and our International Activity Report.)


1. Where does MSF’s money come from?

In 2016, 95 per cent of our income came from some some 6 million private donors. It is thanks to the generosity of our private supporters – mainly individuals, but also companies and private foundations – that MSF is able to operate independently, and provide impartial humanitarian assistance in some of the world’s most insecure environments.

The remaining 5 per cent came from public institutions, other sales and financial transactions. 

For more details, see the International Financial Report

2. How much money does MSF raise every year?

In 2016, MSF raised a total of 1,516.3 million euros: 95 per cent of that came from private donations. For more details see the International Financial Report.

3. How is the money spent?

More than 80 per cent of the money you donate goes directly to our humanitarian activities. In 2016, this amounted to 1,217.4 million euros, 989.4 million of which were spent directly on programmes in the field, while the rest was spent on headquarters support, awareness raising and advocacy activities.

For a more detailed breakdown of our sources of income, by activity and by geographic area, see the International Financial Report.

4. Where is the money spent?

In 2016, 57 per cent of programme expenditure was spent in Africa, 30 per cent was spent in Asia (which includes the Middle East region and the Caucasus) and the rest in Europe, the Americas and Oceania.

To look at the data in a different way, over 51 per cent of MSF’s programme expenditure is accounted for by 9 countries. We spend the most in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Yemen and Iraq.

The International Financial Report gives more details of the geographic distribution of expenditure. It also provides breakdowns of expenses and funding for all the countries where MSF has significant programme activities in a given year. 

5. Does MSF accept donations of medical products?

MSF does not accept in-kind donations of medical products or health technology. Under exceptional circumstances, and on a case-by-case basis, MSF may consider accepting such donations according to the criteria and conditions set forth in MSF’s Policy for In-Kind Donations of Medical Products and Health Technology (PDF).