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Refugees, migration and displacement 

Over 70 million people are currently fleeing conflict or persecution around the world. Due to their race, religion or nationality, these people’s homes are no longer safe places to live and their governments’ no longer provide them with protection. 

MSF works around the world to provide lifesaving assistance to refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs), from providing psychological care to nutritional support. 

We set up hospitals in refugee camps, we help women give birth safely, we vaccinate children to prevent epidemics and we provide access to safe drinking water. We also have specialised projects to try to reach those who are on the move, for example in Europe or South America, and throughout Africa.  


South Sudanese refugees recieve medical care from MSF in the Gambella camp in Ethiopia  ©Zacharius Abubeker

 

23/02/2021

A half decade legacy of providing primary health care at Nduta refugee camp – northwest Tanzania

MSF has decided to focus on specialized and secondary health care with the aim of improving the quality of care for refugees and host communities.

Tsgay and her daughter Dalina at Hamdayet
19/02/2021

For refugees in Hamdayet, Sudan, “everyone is hungry, and everyone is tired”

The current situation in Hamdayet has only created more frustrations, anxiety and fear for refugees fleeing violence in Tigray, Ethiopia and is having a detrimental impact on their health. 

Mohammed Hussein Bule teacher in Dagahaley refugee camp. He also lives with Type 1 Diabetes
04/02/2021

New findings: a gamechanger for diabetes care in refugee settings

After a study in Dagahaley refugee camp in northern Kenya, a team from University of Geneva (UNIGE) and MSF has shown that a vial of insulin can be stored for 4 weeks after opening and at up to 37°C, without losing efficacy.

MSF staff transport a patient during a mobile clinic in Hawzen, northeast Tigray
29/01/2021

Ethiopia: “If seriously ill people can’t get to hospital, you can imagine the consequences”

Albert Viñas has been involved in almost 50 emergency responses with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) over 20 years. He has just returned from his sixth mission in Ethiopia, where his role was to prepare the way for medical teams to access areas of eastern and central Tigray and assist people affected by the current crisis. Since violence broke out in this northern Ethiopian region in early November, some 60,000 people have taken refuge in Sudan and hundreds of thousands have been displaced within Tigray. He describes what he found

IDPs in Katasomwa
28/01/2021

South Kivu: An endless flight

In the last two years, the unrest ravaging eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has forced many thousands of people to flee their homes. Many have found refuge on the other side of the border between North and South Kivu, where they share limited resources and land with equally vulnerable populations.

About 8,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are now living in dire conditions in makeshift camps
26/01/2021

Extremely precarious living conditions for the displaced people of Bouar, Central African Republic

Displaced people in Bouar are facing an unprecedented crisis and an effective and coordinated humanitarian response is urgently needed

22/01/2021

Bangladesh: Rohingya communities at breaking point

 Rohingya refugees are being pushed into increasingly desperate situations, where they have inadequate formal channels to meet their basic needs.

15/01/2021

Central African Republic: MSF teams ramp up support as violence escalates

The security and humanitarian situation is deteriorating rapidly in Central African Republic, according to reports by MSF teams, as clashes escalate between coalition armed groups and government forces supported by foreign troops, in violence linked to the electoral process.

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Most of the world's countries have reported cases of coronavirus disease COVID-19 and MSF teams in over 70 countries are now racing to respond to the pandemic.  

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Refugees, migration and displacement 

Over 70 million people are currently fleeing conflict or persecution around the world. Due to their race, religion or nationality, these people’s homes are no longer safe places to live and their governments’ no longer provide them with protection. 

MSF works around the world to provide lifesaving assistance to refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs), from providing psychological care to nutritional support. 

We set up hospitals in refugee camps, we help women give birth safely, we vaccinate children to prevent epidemics and we provide access to safe drinking water. We also have specialised projects to try to reach those who are on the move, for example in Europe or South America, and throughout Africa.  


South Sudanese refugees recieve medical care from MSF in the Gambella camp in Ethiopia  ©Zacharius Abubeker