MSF care center for COVID-19 in Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira
Médecins Sans Frontières

International Activity Report 2020


Since the creation of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) 50 years ago, our goal has been to alleviate people’s suffering and to provide medical care to those who need it most. 2021 was no exception. Despite the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, our teams carried out their work across more than 70 countries, in some of the hardest-to-reach regions of the world.  

While COVID-19 absorbed the attention and resources of many high-income countries, its direct and indirect effects were felt in places where health systems were already weak. We used our expertise in tackling disease epidemics to support countries struggling to deal with COVID-19, as well as other ongoing health crises.

2021 in review

Half a century since a handful of volunteers from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) took our first steps in 1971 in providing humanitarian medical assistance, over 63,000 people continued this work in 2021, providing care to people across more than 70 countries.

Few places in 2021 needed the presence of lifesaving medical workers more than Ethiopia. The ongoing conflict in the country’s northern Tigray region has resulted in widespread devastation – hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and are living in terrible conditions, cut off from food, water and medical assistance.

Coatzacoalcos, Mexico
Photo Story

A year in pictures 2021

8 Dec 2021
Photo Story
Feature articles
MSF compound gate in Dagahaley camp
An MSF ambulance seen outside MSF compound gate in Dagahaley. Kenya, May 2021
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The regrettable new normal: Navigating humanitarian action in counter-terrorism settings

Former MSF legal director Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier outlines the how teams providing humanitarian aid, including from MSF, have come under a new form of attack, this time from states' counter-terrorism measures.

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International Review of the Year 2020 (English)

International Review of the Year 2020

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 2021

Our teams conducted medical activities in 72 countries in 2021. Click on the map to find out more.

Facts and figures

Facts and figures

Our activities in figures
Malnutrition emergency: mobile clinic in Ranobe - Portrait Vitasoa


outpatient consultations
Ethiopia: People in rural Tigray hit by impact of crisis and humanitarian neglect


vaccinations against measles in response to an outbreak
COVID-19 treatment facility in Herat


Patients admitted

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.

Tackling COVID-19 in Lebanon, through prevention and vaccination
Annual Report

International Financial Report 2021

25 May 2022
Annual Report