Doctor Françoise Sivignon, radiologist, started her work with people living with HIV in 1985, in the early days of the AIDS epidemic both through her hospital and associative activities. After 8 years working for APHP (Paris Hospitals Public Assistance) and several years working abroad, Dr Sivignon completed her training with public health studies.
Her commitment to Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World – MdM) started in 2002, when she joined the organization as a volunteer doctor. She then led the HIV policy group and organized international workshops on this topic in Bangkok and Harare. She has been also involved in several exploratory missions including India and North Korea. Shortly after, Françoise Sivignon became head of mission of the harm reduction program for drug users and sex workers in Myanmar.
Board member of Médecins du Monde France between 2005 and 2008, she then becomes Board member and President of Médecins du Monde chapter in the Netherlands. After her return to France, she becomes Vice-President of Médecins du Monde France and Board’s focal point on international programs.
Since May 30th, 2015 she is the President of Médecins du Monde France representing 1874 staff members and 2268 volunteers worldwide. Dr Sivignon is now leading the organization towards more international influence on global policies. One of MdM’s main priorities is to help the shift of power towards Southern NGOs and support their role as first responders. The MdM response to the migrants crisis in Europe in 2015-16 has reinforced the organization’s commitment to access to health care. Through her active involvement in the World Humanitarian Summit and other international fora, Françoise Sivignon is bringing the Médecins du Monde messages at international policy level.