Medical Action

As a medical organisation Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)  constantly strive to provide the most effective healthcare possible for our patients. Our medical work includes a huge range of medical activities, from organising basic vaccination campaigns to carrying out reconstructive facial surgery.

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Our medical staff provide essential healthcare during and after conflict, treat people affected by epidemic diseases, help people survive natural disasters and offer medical care to those excluded from healthcare.

MSF also advocates for affordable, high quality medicines for the world’s poorest people.

Chagas is not as well known as diseases such as malaria or cholera yet it affects 18 million people and kills up to 12,500 each year. Learn more about our work with chagas
Cholera often breaks out when there is overcrowding and inadequate access to clean water, rubbish collection and proper toilets. It causes profuse diarrhoea and vomiting which can lead to death. 
If contracted, Ebola is one of the world’s most deadly diseases. It is a highly infectious virus that can kill up to 90 percent of the people who catch it, causing terror among infected communities.
Learn more about our work with Ebola
An obstetric fistula is a hole between the vagina and the bladder or rectum, through which urine or stool leaks continuously. They are devastating injuries resulting from complicated childbirths, affecting more than two million women worldwide. Learn more about our work with fistula
Since its discovery in 1981, HIV/AIDS has killed more than 25 million people. HIV gradually weakens the body’s immune system, usually over a period of up to 10 years after infection. Learn more about our work with HIV/AIDS
Kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis) is the second largest parasitic killer in the world after malaria and is one of the world’s most dangerous neglected tropical diseases.(NTDs). Learn more about work with Kala azar
Every year, malaria kills nearly two million people and infects between 400–500 million. Ninety percent of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Learn more about work with malaria
Nine children die every minute because their diet lacks essential nutrients. They will continue to do so unless food aid changes. Learn more about our work with malnutrition
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and one of the leading causes of death among young children. In 2012, MSF treated 26,200 people for measles and vaccinated 690,700 people in response to an outbreak.Learn more about our work with measles
Meningococcal meningitis is a highly contagious bacterial form of meningitis – a serious inflammation of the meninges – the thin lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. 
Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF)teams have offered trauma-related care in over 40 areas around the world, including; the Russian Federation, Sudan (Darfur), Iraq, Congo and Kashmir. Learn more about our work with mental health
Human African trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, is a parasitic infection found in sub-Saharan Africa and is transmitted by the tsetse fly. Learn more about our work with sleeping sickness
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most deadly infectious diseases in the world. Each year, it kills 1.6 million people, with another nine million suffering from the disease, mainly in developing countries.
Learn more about our work with tuberculosis


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