Médecins Interstellaire

Description

Médecins Interstellaire (MI) is an international humanitarian non-governmental organization best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing colonies affected by endemic diseases. In 3215 it had over 20 starships and 30,000 personnel — mostly local doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators — provided medical aid in over 70 colony worlds. The vast majority of staff are volunteers. Private donors provide about 90% of the organization's funding, while corporate donations provide the rest.

Creation

Médecins Interstellaire was founded in 3174, in the aftermath of the Organian Disaster, by a small group of Esteeler doctors and journalists who sought to expand accessibility to medical care across national boundaries and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation. To that end, the organisation emphasises "independence and impartiality", and explicitly precludes political, economic, or religious factors in its decision making. For these reasons, it limits the amount of funding received from governments or intergovernmental organisation. These principles have allowed MI to speak freely with respect to acts of war, corruption, or other hindrances to medical care or human well-being.

Organisation

MI has an associative structure, where operational decisions are made, largely independently, by the five operational centres (Earth, Asteel, New Venus, New Mars, Sirius, and Gorilla). Common policies on core issues are coordinated by the Interstellar Council, in which each of the 24 sections (national offices) is represented. The International Council meets on Gorilla at the LONAW Conference Centre, where the Interstellar Office, which coordinates activities common to the operational centres, is also based.

Operational Centres

Earth Director Marlien Brandenburg
Asteel Director Topaz Moonchild
New Venus Director Xia Chan
New Mars Director Yamada Mizuki
Sirius Director Kareema el-Awan
Gorilla Director Zhong Lin



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