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 2019, around 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.

Quick facts about surgery and trauma care

L’Arche de Kigobe Trauma Center
With little time to spare, we transferred him to the operating theatre. Kariantti Kallio, anaethestist

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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

Graduate surgeon from Somali medical school becomes part of MSF team

Voices from the Field 9 Sep 2009
Sri Lanka

It's amazing what you can be thankful for: surgery in northern Sri Lanka

Project Update 13 Aug 2009

MSF expands surgical activity in Gaza City

Project Update 26 Jan 2009
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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