Slideshow: International Women's Day - Forced to Flee
On International Women’s Day 2014, as on every day, thousands of women will be forced to flee their homes. They will join the 45 million other people worldwide who are displaced, whether due to conflict, persecution, or natural disasters. More than half of all those displaced are women and children.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has a long history of providing emergency medical aid to displaced populations, including refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs). One of our first large-scale interventions in a refugee crisis was in 1975 as hundreds of thousands of Cambodians fled the Khmer Rouge. Today, MSF runs projects for IDPs and refugees in more than 30 countries, from the Philippines to South Sudan.
While the provision of medical care to displaced people is at the forefront of MSF’s work around the globe, so too is women’s health. Displaced women face particular health risks as societal support structures break down and access to healthcare becomes difficult.