Influx of wounded patients in Sica hospital in Bangui

Surgery & trauma care

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 2020, 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.

Quick facts about surgery and trauma care

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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Jalousie market, Port-au-Prince
Haiti

New violence triples number of wounded patients in Port-au-Prince

Press Release 12 May 2022
 
MSF surgeon in Okhmatdyt hospital, Kyiv
War in Ukraine

Staff in major Kyiv hospital receive training for potential increase in casualties

Project Update 18 Mar 2022
 
Burn Care in Gaza
Palestine

Gaza: Burn injuries are a chronic health problem

Project Update 10 Feb 2022
 
 MSF clinic -  Zaatari camp
Jordan

MSF brings down the curtain on one of its largest interventions in the country

Project Update 31 Jan 2022
 
Treating child injuries in blockaded Gaza 03
Photo Story

Treating child injuries in blockaded Gaza

22 Sep 2021
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MSF IDP activities in Kunduz July 2021
Afghanistan

Overcoming obstacles: Treating trauma in Kunduz

Voices from the Field 10 Sep 2021
 
Haiti earthquake - Tabarre
Haiti

The long road to recovery for earthquake survivors in Haiti

Project Update 30 Aug 2021
 
Haiti earthquake - Jérémy
Haiti

After the earthquake, a surgical team works nonstop

Interview 23 Aug 2021
 
Beirut: 2 months after the blast
Lebanon

Beirut one year after the blast: Economic crisis and COVID-19 create the perfect storm

Project Update 3 Aug 2021
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
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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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