Who we are

Present in Canada and in 78 countries around the world, Doctors of the World is an independent international movement of untiring activists who care about, witness and support social change. Through our innovative medical programs and evidence-based advocacy, we empower excluded people and their communities to seek medical care while fighting for universal access to healthcare.


A world where healthcare is truly a right.


To offer and promote access to healthcare for excluded and vulnerable people, in Canada and abroad.


Commitment – Empowerment – Humanity – Independence – Balance – Equity

Camp Chamisku, Day 1, Zakho, psychologue, Hairan Khalifa, chanteuse, Fadia

Our Guiding Principles


We provide access to healthcare to the most vulnerable and socially disadvantaged people to treat both their physical and mental health. We believe that our actions truly influence the environments in which people are born, grow, work and age. We help to improve local healthcare infrastructures to empower populations to take care of their health.


We are convinced that lasting change comes from empowering people to act on their health. They do so by being involved in developing, delivering and assessing our programs. We support them in developing their own public health policies by responding to their needs.


Beyond indignation and revolt, we seek to expose the intolerable in order to better denounce it. We call on national and international authorities to provide easy access to healthcare and we promote respect for human rights. We want to influence political decisions to better protect the health of people and their communities.