Doctors Without Borders (officially Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)) was founded on December 22, 1971. Since then it has expanded from its original staff of three hundred volunteers to an international network employing over thirty thousand aid workers. The stated goal of MSF is to provide assistance to populations of distress, "irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political convictions." MSF pledges to observe neutrality and impartiality in giving aid, in the name of universal medical ethics. This Board is charged with upholding these and other fundamental tenants of the MSF Charter in the face of varied global crises, whether that be natural disasters that leave millions without food and clean water, or armed conflicts that displace entire populations.