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 2017, a quarter 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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East Damascus - voice from the field

Everyone is fatigued with the fear and deaths – a doctor in a Damascus suburb

Voices from the Field 10 Mar 2016
Barrel bombing of MSF Supported Hospital

The feeling of powerlessness is excruciating, but I cannot abandon my people

Voices from the Field 9 Mar 2016
North Yemen: living under daily coalition airstrikes

Crisis update – 3 March 2016

Crisis Update 3 Mar 2016
Yemen.Shiara hospital bleeding after attack.

“I’d never before seen the level of casualties I saw in Saada. The scale of wounded was extreme.”

Voices from the Field 27 Jan 2016
Yemen.Shiara hospital bleeding after attack.

"They didn’t realise that the missile had hit the hospital itself."

Voices from the Field 25 Jan 2016

MSF transforms faces and lives of patients suffering from noma

Project Update 22 Oct 2015

“By midday our hospital was on the frontline, with fighting right outside the gate”

Voices from the Field 1 Oct 2015
New MSF Hospital in Amman

Upgraded reconstructive surgery hospital for victims of war in Amman

Project Update 24 Sep 2015

Patients testimonies from the upgraded reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman

Voices from the Field 7 Sep 2015
Offering healthcare in South Sudan, unity state
South Sudan
The kid had been shot in his abdomen by accident. Shadi Abdelrahman, surgeon

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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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