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Mobile unit surgical trailer (MUST)
Médecins Sans Frontières has developed the mobile unit surgical trailer to operate as a fully functioning mobile surgical facility that can be deployed rapidly during conflicts and natural disasters.
The MUST is in fact multiple containers—a set of five, incorporating an operating theatre, a recovery room and intensive care unit, a sterilisation room, a pharmacy and a storeroom for logistical equipment. Together they enable an MSF team located close to the frontline, or in the middle of an emergency setting, to conduct 100 surgeries without the need to bring in more supplies.
The unit was used for the first time in Mosul, Iraq, where it allowed our teams to conduct lifesaving war trauma surgery in hygienic and temperature-controlled conditions.
Pictured above, the MUST under construction in the Netherlands. The unit was then transported to Iraq and set up in a village south of Mosul. The final picture shows the surgical team preparing to operate on an injured child.