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.

Conflict and Health - ENG - 16:9
video

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 HOSPITAL, IDLIB Region, SYRIA
The conduct of this battle and its impact are extraordinary. Meinie Nicolai, nurse and MSF General Director
Syria

The voice from the hospital basement in East Ghouta

 
Diffa: recent attack in Nguigmi village
Niger

Violence, humanitarian needs and fear mount in Diffa

Project Update 4 Apr 2019
 
Democratic Republic of Congo

The daily struggle for survival in DRC

Op-Ed 4 Apr 2019
 
MSF Aden trauma hospital
Yemen

Medical admissions in Aden suspended after patient kidnapped and killed

Press Release 4 Apr 2019
 
Gaza: MSF providing care for the victims of the Great March of Return
Palestine

March of Return protestors abandoned after year of suffering

Project Update 28 Mar 2019
 
Intense fighting in Taiz Houban
Yemen

People unable to access lifesaving care amid heavy fighting in Taiz city

Statement 24 Mar 2019
 
MSF projects in Ténenkou
Mali

Conflict, curfew and floods put healthcare out of reach in Mopti

Project Update 12 Mar 2019
 
Landmines in Taiz and Hodeidah governorates
Yemen

Humanitarian crisis in Yemen fuelled by main donor governments’ involvement in the war

Statement 26 Feb 2019
 
Day of Violence in the Central African Republic
Central African Republic

Unprotected: Report on violence and lack of protection for civilians in CAR

Report 19 Feb 2019
 
Attack on Cholera treatment centre in Abs
Yemen

Unacceptable investigation findings into Abs health centre bombing

Press Release 6 Feb 2019
Up Next
1 June 2018