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Presentation

Médecins Sans Frontières Logistique is one of two purchasing and supply centres for the Médecins Sans Frontières Movement. MSF Logistique is responsible for :

  • purchasing medical and non-medical products
  • packaging
  • storage
  • shipping these materials and medicines to the main humanitarian intervention locations, for both MSF and other international NGOs

For more than 30 years, we have been supplying a range of products such as medicines and vaccines, as well as inflatable hospitals, 4x4 and emergency kits.


Who are we ?

In 1979, Médecins Sans Frontières had been in existence for eight years, when Jacques Pinel described it as "an organisation without organisation". As a young pharmacist working in Thai refugee camps, he was alarmed to notice boxes of medicines stacked under a tarp, without any place to store them... Concerned about the conditions under which treatment was being provided, he discussed, explained, and oversaw the creation of a logistics base for Médecins Sans Frontières. The first kits appeared, with protocols and a list of essential medicines: they formed the pillars of the Médecins Sans Frontières logistics and the keys to its efficacy. This drive for professionalism gave birth to Médecins Sans Frontières Logistique in 1986.

Jacques Pinel 1942-2015

Today, Médecins Sans Frontières logistics are split between field operations, national headquarters, and purchasing centres. We also share our expertise with all humanitarian organisations.

 

30 years of evolution and professionalism

1986

Médecins Sans Frontières France creates its first supply centre, MSF Logistique, based in Narbonne then in Lézignan-Corbières (11)

1992

MSF Logistique moves to Mérignac (33), near the Bordeaux-Mérignac airport

1994

Genocide in Rwanda

1999

MSF receives the Nobel Peace Prize

2003

First expansion, which increases storage capacity to 5,200 m²

2004

Crisis in Darfur
Tsunami in Southeast Asia

2005

Food crisis in Niger

2007

MSF Logistique obtains the "certificate of good distribution practices" as a wholesale pharmaceutical establishment with a humanitarian mission

2008

Creation of a subsidiary in Dubai

2010

Earthquake in Haiti

2012

The new warehouse is commissioned. Storage capacity at the Mérignac site increases to 12,800 m²
War in Syria

2013

Earthquake in the Philippines

2014

Unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa

2015

Earthquake in Nepal
Conflict in Yemen

2016

The 30-year anniversary of MSF Logistique
Rental of two storage facilities in Blanquefort (33): storage capacity increases to 21,661 m2.
Hurricane Matthew in Haiti