Don't Excuse Abuse

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.

No statistics on sexual violence provide a complete picture of the problem or its prevalence. Shame, fear, stigmatisation and many other obstacles prevent an unknown number of victims from receiving, or even seeking, treatment. And yet getting immediate medical care after sexual assault is critical in order to limit the potential consequences. In 2017, our teams treated over 18,800 victims of sexual violence.

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Basic Health units and mobile clinics for displaced people in Peshawar district
Women's health

International Women's Day 2014: Forced to Flee

Voices from the Field 7 Mar 2014
Journal article

Forced to Flee: Humanitarian Disasters Leave Women at Higher Risk

7 Mar 2014
Journal article
Displaced families walking from Bentiu to Leer, South Sudan.
South Sudan

Insecurity in Leer has devastating consequences for those hiding in the bush

Project Update 11 Feb 2014
Journal article

Collecting data on sexual violence: what do we need to know? The case of MSF in the Democratic Republic of Congo

2 Feb 2014
Journal article
Family Violence
Papua New Guinea

A comprehensive response to family and sexual violence is critical

Press Release 25 Nov 2013
Family violence (MSB2784 )
Papua New Guinea

Epidemic of family violence in PNG requires a coordinated response

Project Update 25 Nov 2013
Attacks on medical care

Medical Care Under Fire - Interview with Francoise Duroch

Interview 30 Jul 2013
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea

Reaching more survivors of family and sexual violence

Project Update 3 Jul 2013
Sana'a. Yemen

Their dignity has been deeply wounded

Voices from the Field 16 May 2013
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
Medical Resource

MSF Field Research

We produce important research based on our field experience. So far, we have published articles in over 100 peer-reviewed journals. These articles have often changed clinical practice and have been used for humanitarian advocacy. All of these articles can be found on our dedicated Field Research website.

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