Medical Activities

Largest measles outbreak: MSF intervenes in Kongo Central
Medical Activities


In 2019, our teams vaccinated over 1.3 million people against measles in response to outbreaks, and conducted over 2.2 million routine vaccinations. But the highly contagious viral disease remains one of the leading killers of young children.
Nigeria: Fighting the worst meningitis C epidemic in nine years
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Meningococcal meningitis is a highly contagious bacterial form of meningitis – a serious inflammation of the meninges – the thin lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
Mental Healthcare in Mweso
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Mental health

Where we work, we may see people with a mental illness or confronting distressing situations, such as violence, loss or displacement. Mental health support can be crucial to help people cope.
Kala Azar: fighting a neglected disease in remote India
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Neglected diseases

Stimulating awareness about the urgent need for new, better treatment and tests for diseases like leishmaniasis, sleeping sickness and Chagas disease is key to our work.
Sameer Rawashdeh
Medical Activities

Non-communicable diseases

Non-communicable diseases are not transmitted from one person to another. One could cite the cardiovascular diseases (cardiovascular or cerebrovascular accidents), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma) and diabetes.
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 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.​
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 (TB) is one of the world’s biggest global health crises. Killing 1.4 million people in 2019, TB is the world’s deadliest infectious disease (WHO).
CAR - Slideshow: Multi-antigenes Vaccination campaign - 04
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MSF teams vaccinate millions of people every year, either as part of routine vaccination, or in response to an outbreak of disease.
Cholera intervention in South Kivu
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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