War and conflict

War and conflict

If warring parties see aid organisations as being on one side of a conflict, we are less likely to gain access to those in need and more likely to be attacked. 

One of the ways in which we are able to demonstrate our independence to warring parties is to ensure that all our funding for work in conflicts comes from private individuals – we do not accept government grants. 
Conflicts, be they international wars or those within countries, can have many consequences. 
Fear of violence or persecution uproots entire communities and disrupts access to medical care for those that flee as well as those who stay behind.  
Conflicts normally lead to a rise in trauma injuries, but also lead to problems for people needing normal medical care, such as complications with pregnancy or chronic diseases such as diabetes.  
Psychological distress and mental illnesses also generally rise, as can cases of sexual violence.  
We try to fill these gaps with highly experienced doctors, nurses, and logisticians, who provide specialised medical care and logistical support. 

Women collecting water at a distribution point in Alacha camp, eastern Chad.
Conflict in Sudan

How women would do anything to save their family amid brutal Sudanese war

Article 23 May 2024
Displaced people sheltering in a looted bank in Zalingei, Central Darfur state, Sudan.
War and conflict

From bombs to desolate halls: displaced without aid in Zalingei, Sudan

Article 16 May 2024
View of El Fasher hospital, Sudan - July 2023
Conflict in Sudan

Testimony from Dr Prince Djuma Safari, Deputy Medical Coordinator for MSF in El Fasher

Project Update 15 May 2024
Follow up consultation at Rafah Indonesian Field Hospital, Gaza
Gaza - Israel War

Yet another hospital in Gaza forced to close amid the intensified Israeli offensive in Rafah

Update 14 May 2024
Turkish Hospital
Conflict in Sudan

Sudan: Bomb puts El Fasher paediatric hospital out of action amid intense escalation in fighting: two children killed

Press Release 12 May 2024
Mobile clinic in Wad Madani, Sudan
Conflict in Sudan

Sudan: MSF forced to suspend work at the only functional hospital in Wad Madani due to obstructions and harassment, leaving thousands without assistance

Press Release 9 May 2024