Médecins Sans Frontières

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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders in English, is an independent humanitarian organisation that provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare.

Usage of OpenStreetMap data

MSF has been using OpenStreetMap data in its maps. Several of its maps can be found on Reliefweb. MSF staffers are also large users of mobile apps using OpenStreetMap, such as OsmAnd and MAPS.ME.

Contributions to OpenStreetMap

MSF contributes to OpenStreetMap under the flag of the Missing Maps Project. The organisation relies mostly on volunteer mappers and does not have an internal mapping team that systematically updates OpenStreetMap as part of their job. The coordination of all MSF its mapping is done by 2 0.5% FTE positions based at MSF UK & MSF Czech Republic.

Editing the map

Most remote mapping happens through the HOT Tasking Manager. Find all MSF projects here.

Field data is collected with help of different tools: Osmand, MAPS.ME, Kobotoolbox, Field Papers, etc.

We use the hashtag #MSF or tag source=MSFsurvey for all our projects.


In 2016 MSF launched MapSwipe.

Financial contribution

MSF was sponsor for 2 State of the Map conferences.

  • State of the Map 2016 in Brussels, Belgium
  • State of the Map Asia 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Community building

MSF tries to bring mappers together everywhere they work. From the organisation and support to mapathons and training in Moscow, Singapore an Prague - to mapping sessions and events with local mapping communities in Freetown, Dhaka and Rio de Janeiro.