We work to help the people in greatest need, wherever they are. Our medics carry out more than eight 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.
 

MSF campaigns to challenge the high cost of existing medicines and the absence of treatment for many of the diseases affecting our patients.

Chagas is not as well known as diseases such as malaria or cholera yet it affects between six and seven million people and kills up to 12,500 each year.

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.

Donate to our Ebola Emergency Appeal: If contracted, Ebola is one of the world’s most deadly diseases. MSF has 300 staff on the ground and we have brought in more than 40 tonnes of equipment and supplies to help fight the epidemic.

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.

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.

Kala azar is the second largest parasitic killer in the world - only Malaria is more deadly. Along with Chagas disease and sleeping sickness, kala azar is one of the most dangerous neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

Every year, malaria kills around 660,000 people and infects more than 200 million. Ninety percent of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nine children die every minute because their diet lacks essential nutrients. They will continue to do so unless food aid changes.

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.

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.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams have offered trauma-related care in over 40 areas around the world, including; the Russian Federation, Sudan (Darfur), Iraq, Congo and Kashmir.

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