Friday, October 15, 1999 Published at 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK
In pictures: MSF in action
On Friday the group was honoured for its years of dedication by being awarded the last Nobel Peace Prize of the century.
Rwanda 1996: A young Hutu refugee girl clutches a box of high energy biscuits distributed by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).
Zaire (DR Congo) 1997: A French doctor helps move suspected cholera victims into a special quarantine unit at a camp for refugees from Zaire's civil war.
Southern Sudan 1998: War and famine often go hand in hand - an MSF doctor checks the heartbeat of a starving child at a makeshift emergency aid shelter in southern Sudan.
North Korea 1998: A child sips fortified milk at an MSF facility in the isolated famine-stricken state.
China 1998: As China succumbs to some of the worst floods in recent memory, MSF workers help to co-ordinate the refugee operation and fight the threat of disease.
Kosovo 1999: In the run-up to the Nato air strikes, MSF workers provide basic health checks for thousands of displaced families.
Turkey 1999: MSF co-ordinates health care for the thousands made homeless following August's devastating earthquake in western Turkey.