International Activity Report 2020
The spread of COVID-19 around the world presented MSF with extraordinary challenges in 2020. It also exposed the weaknesses of many health systems and exacerbated the suffering of people in countries where we were already working before the pandemic. As the epicentre of the global public health crisis shifted, we lent our expertise in emergency response and infectious disease control to health authorities and medical staff in certain countries for the first time in our history.
Although we had to suspend our services in some locations, the relentless commitment and efforts of our teams allowed us – for the most part – to ensure that the communities we serve could still have access to surgery, mother and child care, vaccinations and treatment for other infectious and non-communicable diseases.
2020 in review
The year 2020 was extremely challenging for people all over the world, as they experienced extraordinary levels of disease, loss, fear and isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. In many countries where Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works – and some in which we normally don’t – the pandemic exacerbated existing healthcare issues caused by conflict, displacement and poverty.
In one of the most demanding years in our almost half-century of providing assistance, our teams worked in nearly 90 countries to respond to COVID-19 and other emergencies, violence and disease outbreaks, that were made more complex by the pandemic.
International Review of the Year 2020
The whole world will certainly remember 2020 as the year of the coronavirus outbreak. It increased pressure on already fragile health systems, and seriously complicated humanitarian response. But the virus did not eradicate conflict, natural disasters, population displacement or epidemics. Consequently, for our teams, 2020 was one of the most demanding years in almost 50 years of activities.
Our activities around the world in 2020
Our teams conducted medical activities in 88 countries in 2020. Click on the map to find out more.
Facts and figures
Facts and figuresOur activities in figures
1,008,500vaccinations against measles in response to an outbreak
International Financial Report
Every year we publish our audited combined Financial Statements. These combined accounts are a means of transparency and accountability, providing a global overview of MSF’s work.
The International Financial report represents an aggregation of the Financial Statements of the 23 sections, 9 branch offices, 9 satellite organisations and MSF International. The 2020 International Financial Report is subject to approval by MSF's International General Assembly on 25 June 2021.