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. 

Informal settlement of displaced people

DRC: “We fear a flare up of disease again”

Article 12 Mar 2024
Drodro general hospital - Ituri DRC - May 2023
Attacks on medical care

Democratic Republic of Congo: MSF calls for protection of patients, medical facilities and civilians following Drodro hospital attack

Press Release 9 Mar 2024
Assisting Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kanyaruchinya, DRC
International Women's Day

Women on the frontline: Defying the consequences of conflict to care for each other

Article 8 Mar 2024
Staff at the MSF Hospital in Tabarre - November 2022
War and conflict

MSF scales up its medical response in Port-au-Prince during chaos in the Haitian capital

Press Release 6 Mar 2024
Turkish Hospital
War and conflict

Gaza: MSF Board member killed during Israeli offensive in Khan Younis

Article 5 Mar 2024
 MSF base in Dili- Jabel Marra
War and conflict

Urgent humanitarian response needed in South Darfur, as conflict leaves people in Sudan without healthcare access

Article 5 Mar 2024