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Attacks on medical care

A hospital is where the most vulnerable, the sick and injured, gather in times of war. Attacks against medical facilities and health workers, whether deliberate or indiscriminate, are part of generalised violence and atrocities committed against civilians in armed conflict. They deprive populations of health services, often when they need them the most.

15/05/2020

Sudan: MSF urges respect for medical action after violent incursion

Fighting between elements of two different sections of the Sudanese security forces in Central Darfur state led to a violent incursion in an MSF-supported health facility that left  one MSF staff member injured. 

One of the wards in the maternity. [© Frederic Bonnot/MSF]
15/05/2020

"They came to kill the mothers"

It is now clear that the attack on Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in Kabul on 12 May, was a deliberate assault. Frederic Bonnot, MSF’s Head of Programmes in Afghanistan gives a first-person account 
 

Awareness-raising and information activities on Ebola in DRC (© Alexis Huguet)
10/03/2020

Ebola: Reflections after the fire

In the wake of an armed attack on an Ebola treatment centre in Democratic Republic of Congo, aid workers were pushed to radically rethink their approach to the disease. Trish Newport, emergency coordinator for MSF shares her reflections from the response.

Luis Eguiluz – Former Head of Mission in Nigeria
05/02/2020

Northeast Nigeria: “The conflict is intensifying and the needs are massive”

Interview with Luis Eguiluz, MSF Head of Mission in Nigeria since 2017 on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the northeast of the country.

People in Menka, in the North-West Region of Cameroon, wait to receive medical assistance from MSF. In an area which violence and displacement has interrupted access to healthcare, MSF teams are distributing essential non-food items such as soap and mosqu
07/06/2019

Violence in North-West and South-West Cameroon: Five things you need to know

Cameroon has been grappling with the Lake Chad crisis which has displaced hundreds of thousands of people in the far north region, but there's been a second, little-known humanitarian situation evolving in the north-west & south-west.

23/07/2017

Somalia: MSF resumes medical activities

Nearly four years after withdrawing its teams from Somalia, MSF has started treating patients again in the country.

20/08/2013

Why MSF decided to leave Somalia

Dr Unni Karunakara, International President, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) explains our organisation's difficult decision 

14/08/2013

MSF forced to close all medical programmes in Somalia

Abuse and manipulation of humanitarian action end 22 years of medical aid in Somalia; armed groups and civilian leadership support and tolerance of violent attacks against MSF undermine minimum security guarantees needed to maintain assistance programmes

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Attacks on medical care

A hospital is where the most vulnerable, the sick and injured, gather in times of war. Attacks against medical facilities and health workers, whether deliberate or indiscriminate, are part of generalised violence and atrocities committed against civilians in armed conflict. They deprive populations of health services, often when they need them the most.