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Access to healthcare 

Not everything strikes without warning; some disasters are slow. They unfold over decades as a disease affects a population, instability undermines the health system or people are actively excluded from receiving healthcare.

After a rapid emergency subsides people can also find it difficult to access healthcare as the area struggles to recover, the government is overwhelmed by the scale of the problems or new health problems are sparked, such as cholera outbreaks when clean water supplies are disrupted. In these cases, MSF works to give people access to health care and to tackle diseases which need long term treatment, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases like sleeping sickness.

L-R: Yohannes, Maria, Tedros
24/06/2022

One-year memoriam: Yohannes, Maria and Tedros

We miss our colleagues terribly and we continue to mourn them

Antony, MSF’s health promoter, during an information session in Kario [© MSF/Jinaane Saad]
22/06/2022

Sudan: MSF handing over medical activities in Kario refugee camp to Sudanese Ministry of Health

MSF medical teams have been working in Kario camp in East Darfur for the past 5 years 

14/06/2022

Stigmatised groups are taking ownership of their health in Beira, Mozambique

MSF has implemented a peer-led strategy with the goal of creating a trusting environment where all people feel comfortable accessing healthcare. 

MOH staff at the hospital during a malnutrition screening in Dupti hospital, Afar.
09/06/2022

MSF raises alert over alarming indications of large-scale nutritional crisis in Ethiopia's Afar region

Many people in Afar cannot access the very minimum levels of healthcare, food and water necessary to sustain human life

2019 - MSF mobile clinic in Somali region, Ethiopia
07/06/2022

MSF restarts medical humanitarian activities in Gambella and Somali regions of Ethiopia

Teams are currently working in Gambella, Somali, Afar and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s regions

06/06/2022

“I don’t feel heartache, it’s deep in my soul” – The mental health needs in Ukraine

MSF teams are seeing a spectrum of mental health problems in people as a result of the war 

IDPs in Kinoni school - about 350 families found refuge here
03/06/2022

North Kivu: Tens of thousands of people displaced by new wave of violence

People are living in very precarious conditions, with no proper shelter, limited access to clean water and lack of food

Women wait in the maternity ward of the MSF hospital in Bentiu
02/06/2022

Severe health consequences expected for people of South Sudan as sudden funding cuts take effect

With a fragile health infrastructure largely dependent on donor aid, MSF is extremely concerned about the immediate and long-term effect of these sudden cuts on the already compromised ability of people to access healthcare in the country

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Access to healthcare 

Not everything strikes without warning; some disasters are slow. They unfold over decades as a disease affects a population, instability undermines the health system or people are actively excluded from receiving healthcare.

After a rapid emergency subsides people can also find it difficult to access healthcare as the area struggles to recover, the government is overwhelmed by the scale of the problems or new health problems are sparked, such as cholera outbreaks when clean water supplies are disrupted. In these cases, MSF works to give people access to health care and to tackle diseases which need long term treatment, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases like sleeping sickness.