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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Gaza one year war anniversary

Testimonies from MSF patients in Gaza

Voices from the Field 8 Jul 2015
New MSF Hospital in Amman

New home for MSF specialised reconstructive surgery project set for completion

Project Update 22 Dec 2014
Ukraine Under Bombardment

Testimonies from patients and medical staff in the Donetsk region

Voices from the Field 2 Dec 2014
Trauma Surgical Project in Jordan

A year of saving Syrian lives

Project Update 24 Nov 2014
Gaza, reconstructive surgery program

Gaza:“Nothing compares to a war explosion wound”

Voices from the Field 19 Sep 2014
Journal article

Saving life and limb: limb salvage using external fixation, a multi-centre review of orthopaedic surgical activities in Médecins Sans Frontières

25 Jun 2014
Journal article
Iraq Stories

Diya's story - A patient from Anbar

Voices from the Field 29 Apr 2014
1st October 2013, MSF now operating in a second hospital in Gaza, Al-Shifa hospital,

MSF operating in second hospital in Gaza

Project Update 7 Oct 2013
Lankien, Jonglei State and Nasir, Upper Nile State, South Sudan,
South Sudan

Violence intensifies in Jonglei, wounded left without access to medical care

Press Release 17 Jul 2013
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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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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