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Medical Issues

We work to help the people in greatest need, wherever they are. Our medical teams carry out more than ten million patient consultations a year and our medical activities run from basic vaccination campaigns to complex surgery.

Our emergency medical work extends to neglected, forgotten diseases and long-term care for chronic conditions. We also advocate for affordable, high-quality medicines for the world's poorest people.

We all want the power to invest in our wellbeing—to be able to take care of our emotional, physical and mental health. But without reliable information and appropriate tools, reasonable options and adequate support, it’s not always possible.  

Self-care is changing the face of healthcare. It focuses on equipping and entrusting people to take a central role in their own health. For women, this can involve an important shift to being able to make decisions about their own care, when they may not have had this autonomy before. 

Médecins Sans Frontières offers patients who have suffered sexual violence medical care, treatment to prevent the development of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and psychological support.

Human African trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, is a parasitic infection found in sub-Saharan Africa and is transmitted by the tsetse fly.

An estimated 2.7 million people are bitten by venomous snakes worldwide every year, resulting in death for more than 100,000 people and life-long disfigurement and disability for 400,000 more.

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most deadly infectious diseases in the world. Each year, it kills 1.4 million people, with another nine million suffering from the disease, mainly in developing countries.

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