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Influx of wounded patients in Sica hospital in Bangui

Surgery & trauma care

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Médecins Sans Frontières has been providing surgical care for people in precarious contexts for more than 40 years.

Surgery in a humanitarian situation is often associated with armed conflict. Yet our teams conduct operations for a variety of needs. In 2022, one in five of the major surgeries we performed were caesarean sections, which is difficult to access in countries with a failing health system or in humanitarian emergencies. The opening of a surgical programme has a number of prerequisites which need medical and logistics resources, such as sterile conditions, qualified personnel, and post-operative capacity.

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Surviving violence
Here, the weekends are always intense.. we deal with even four patients with gunshot wounds at the same time. Francesco Virdis, surgeon

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MSF Emergency Centre in Turgeau

People cut off from vital healthcare as intense violence grips Port-au-Prince

Project Update 3 May 2024
City of Mosul

MSF hands over activities after six years of healing wounds in Al-Wahda

Project Update 3 May 2024
MSF's Trauma and Orthopaedic Care Centre in Bunia, Ituri Province
Democratic Republic of Congo

Surgical care addresses needs of people amid resurgent violence in Ituri province

Project Update 23 Feb 2024
Gaza - Al Aqsa Hospital
Gaza-Israel war

The last medics providing healthcare amidst death and destruction in Gaza

Voices from the Field 2 Feb 2024
Kalma Camp, Darfur
Conflict in Sudan

Surgical supply ban in Khartoum must be immediately reversed

Press Release 14 Nov 2023
AL-Wahda Hospital

MSF halts key medical activities in Mosul due to administrative obstacles

Press Release 5 Jul 2023
Influx of wounded in Adre Hospital

Over 600 war-wounded Sudanese arrive in eastern Chad hospital in just three days

Press Release 16 Jun 2023
Emergency Surgical Team at Bashair Hospital Khartoum, Sudan
Conflict in Sudan

Over 1,100 patients in five weeks mark level of suffering in Khartoum

Press Release 15 Jun 2023
Physiotherapy in Kyiv
War in Ukraine

Providing physiotherapy for the war-wounded in Ukraine

Project Update 4 Nov 2022
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
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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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