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Médecins Sans Frontières brings medical humanitarian assistance to victims of conflict, natural disasters, epidemics or healthcare exclusion.

We treat patients suffering from a wide array of illnesses and health needs. Here you will find some of the main needs we see and what we do about them.

Discover the main crises we work in, the consequences faced by affected people and challenges in delivering care.

 
Don't Excuse Abuse
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Sexual violence

Sexual violence affects millions of people, brutally shattering the lives of women, men and children. It is a medical emergency, but there is often a dire lack of healthcare services for victims.
 
Fatal Neglect Sleeping Sickness
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Sleeping Sickness

Sleeping sickness is a parasitic infection which can kill. There are 60 million people at risk.
 
Snakebites in Paoua
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Snakebite

Snakebite is a hidden health crisis. Every year, an estimated 2.7 million people are bitten by venomous snakes, resulting in death for more than 100,000 people and life-long disfigurement and disability for 400,000 more.​
 
Malawi Prisons - Chichiri and Maula
Crisis Settings

Social violence and exclusion

Many people are unable to access healthcare simply because of who they are. They may be afraid to seek help, or are excluded because they are forced to live outside of mainstream societal bounds.
 
Influx of wounded patients in Sica hospital in Bangui
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Surgery & trauma care

Médecins Sans Frontières has been providing surgical care for people in precarious contexts for decades.
 
Osh project, fighting TB
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Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s biggest global health crises. Killing 1.7 million people in 2016, TB is the world’s deadliest infectious disease (WHO).
 
Gaza protest
Crisis Settings

War and conflict

Around one-third of our humanitarian and medical assistance is for populations caught in armed conflict.
 
Mobile Clinics in Akobo and Kier : providing access to basic healthcare in remote areas
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Women's health

An estimated 99 per cent of women who die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications live in developing countries. Most of these deaths are preventable.
 
Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign in Kinshasa
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Yellow fever

Yellow fever can be prevented with a vaccine - yet it's a disease that claims the lives of an estimated 30,000 - 60,000 people each year.
World Malaria Day 2018 in DRC
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Independent medical humanitarian assistance

We provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Our teams are made up of tens of thousands of health professionals, logistic and administrative staff - most of them hired locally. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of independence and impartiality. We are a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation.

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