Gaza protest

War and conflict

Around one-third of our humanitarian and medical assistance is for populations caught in armed conflict.

Armed conflict devastates lives. Targeted, harassed and caught in hardship and poverty, people are forced into flight or live under siege and face indiscriminate attacks. Access to basic needs, like food and medical care, is often disrupted. Comprehensive medical and humanitarian support is vital, but health services are often scarce. In conflict zones, MSF does not take sides. We provide medical care based on needs alone, and work hard to reach those who need help the most.

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Conflict and Health


How does conflict damage national health?

Armed conflict causes injury, displacement and death but it continues to affect people’s health even after the frontlines have moved or the guns have fallen silent.

It devastates essential health services, disrupts medical supplies, forces medical staff to flee and leaves the national immune system broken. When deadly diseases arrive, they’re even harder to fight.

For people caught up in violence or its aftermath, it is more important than ever to have access to healthcare, shelter, sanitation and food. Just to ensure they survive in the wake of war and can look to the future.

The conduct of this battle and its impact are extraordinary. Meinie Nicolai, nurse and MSF General Director

The voice from the hospital basement in East Ghouta


Interview with Christa Hook

Voices from the Field 26 Apr 1999

MSF Camp in Kukes - three days running

Project Update 22 Apr 1999

MSF in Albania and Macedonia

Project Update 21 Apr 1999

Richard Gere visits the MSF Brazda operations

Project Update 19 Apr 1999

Kosovo update: Macedonia - April 19, 1999

Project Update 19 Apr 1999

Kosovo refugees statistics

Project Update 19 Apr 1999

Updates on Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro

Project Update 19 Apr 1999
War and conflict

About MSF: Presentation to Stony Brook University

Speech 14 Apr 1999

MSF works to support increasing refugee numbers

Project Update 13 Apr 1999
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