Annual Impact Report 2022

MSF Australia and MSF New Zealand

In 2022, with your support, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) worked alongside people caught up in violence and armed conflict, displaced and excluded from healthcare or affected by epidemics, natural disasters, while also attempting to live with the effects of a continually changing climate.

Over the last twelve months, the world grappled with the escalation of war in Ukraine and the ripple effects around the globe; we saw increasingly complex and protracted crises endured by many communities, including the people of Afghanistan and the Rohingya people in Bangladesh. 

For more information on all of the countries supported by Médecins Sans Frontières Australia in 2022, read full report below.

Your support in action

In 2022, our supporters continued to take a global outlook, and continued to care, in the midst of some incredibly complex crises. Australian and New Zealand donors contributed generous funding to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) projects in 32 countries and supported the departure of 129 skilled and enthusiastic Australian and New Zealand project staff to work globally.

A total of 24 Australian and New Zealand project staff contributed to MSF’s work caring for those affected by the devastating war in Ukraine in 2022. We found ways to reach people despite the unpredictable situation and fastmoving frontlines, including through using specially designed medical trains to transport patients.  

In August, Rohingya people living in refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar marked five years since more than 750,000 people of their community were forced out of Rakhine state, Myanmar. Australian and New Zealand donors helped fund our important work in Cox’s Bazar.

In Afghanistan, our supporters also funded MSF’s care with a focus on women and children, (so far) despite edicts restricting girls’ and women’s access to education, and banning female nongovernment organisation workers, with an informal exemption for those working in healthcare.  

Worldwide, the volume of MSF’s malnutrition activities increased by 50 per cent from 2021 to 2022, yet there is insufficient global humanitarian action to meet malnutrition needs.

The effects of the climate crisis are becoming increasingly visible globally, and in 2022, MSF started working in climate-challenged Kiribati.  

As the pandemic entered its third year, MSF teams were still responding to COVID-19 in many places. The pandemic has taken a toll on people and healthcare systems, such as a lack of routine vaccinations, which has led to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in many countries.

Our supporters contributed generously in many countries, with notable Australian and New Zealand support going to projects in Yemen, Niger, South Sudan, Sudan and Burkina Faso.  

Yemen

Yemen

In Yemen, MSF worked to address some of the critical needs associated with an unfolding humanitarian crisis. 

We supported emergency responses in two hospitals, conducting a total of 13,219 emergency room consultations and 1,313 surgeries at Al-Salakhana hospital, and 23,168 emergency room consultations and 2,741 admissions of children for care at the rural hospital of Ad-Dahi. When an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea was reported in August in Ad- Dahi district, MSF launched an emergency response.

In Khamir, Amran, MSF continued to support Al Salam hospital, which is a Ministry of Health-run hospital where we provide maternal and child healthcare.  

We also provided COVID-19 treatment in a semi-permanent structure next to the hospital, which we had set up in 2020, up until May. 

Niger

Niger

MSF ran a range of projects in Niger to address the significant health needs caused by conflict, displacement, food insecurity, epidemics and other factors. 

In 2022, our teams carried out mass vaccination campaigns, distributed drinking water and relief items, such as hygiene and cooking kits, constructed shelters and ran mobile clinics.

We constructed observation rooms and continued to develop preventive and community-based approaches to care to reduce the number of patients with complications from malnutrition. A total of 173,590 consultations were conducted by MSF-trained community members in 2022. We also supported the health authorities’ responses to outbreaks of disease vaccinating 653,420 children against measles and 257,078 against meningitis.

We offered medical and nutrition care to children with malnutrition, malaria and other childhood diseases and care for children with sickle cell disease. 

South Sudan

South Sudan

More than two-thirds of people in South Sudan were in need of humanitarian assistance in 2022. 

We supported displaced people in Abyei town and Twic county, to provide medical assistance. We provided maternal and child healthcare, running an outpatient clinic for children with diabetes as well as supporting a ‘test-and-treat’ clinic and running outreach activities for the prevention of malaria.

In June, the first group of 35 nursing students in Old Fangak, Jonglei state, graduated after completing 18 months of nursing care training at the MSF Academy for Healthcare. 

Sudan

Sudan

MSF continued to respond to multiple health issues during a turbulent year in Sudan, where violence and extreme weather caused mass displacement. 

We continued to run a range of medical services including basic and emergency healthcare, sexual and reproductive healthcare, health promotion and laboratory support.

We also offered general healthcare and emergency services for refugees, displaced people and local communities, with a focus on maternal healthcare, as well as nutrition support for children and treatment for neglected tropical diseases. 

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

The security situation continued to deteriorate in Burkina Faso in 2022, as conflict between the government and non-state armed groups intensified. 

Nevertheless, our teams continued to deliver humanitarian and medical assistance to displaced people and host communities in the Centre-Nord towns of Barsalogho, Kaya and Djibo, and in Dédougou, Tougan and Nouna in the Boucle du Mouhoun district, focusing on tackling major health issues, including malaria, outbreaks of measles and other infectious diseases, mental health and sexual violence, and supporting access to community-based basic and specialist healthcare. 

How your donations were spent

Approximately 127,216 Australians and New Zealanders participated in the field partner program in 2022, contributing on a monthly basis to Médecins Sans Frontières Australia and Médecins Sans Frontières New Zealand, and another 48,669 provided occasional gifts.

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