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War and conflict

Around one-quarter 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

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.

MSF’s post-operative clinic in Gaza City
What would be unimaginable elsewhere has become normal here in Gaza. Jacob Burns, MSF Field Communications Manager

Gaza’s numbing routine of injury and death


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Project Update 18 May 1999

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Press Release 11 May 1999

MSF warns of risk of outbreak in coming weeks

Press Release 4 May 1999

Saving Lives and Limbs

Voices from the Field 3 May 1999

Interview with Mary Lightfine

Voices from the Field 26 Apr 1999

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
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