Armed conflict

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Armed conflict

Neutrality is one of the core principles of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF). This means we do not take sides in a conflict. We provide medical aid based on needs alone and work to reach people cut-off from life-saving care.

From performing emergency surgery on war-wounded patients to vaccinating vulnerable communities displaced by violence, the medical needs seen in conflict zones are vast and varied. In war-ravaged regions where healthcare systems may have broken down entirely, MSF teams often operate some of the only functioning hospitals and health centres available.

We also work to treat the physical and psychological aftermath of conflict. This includes reconstructive surgery for patients living with life-changing injuries, rehabilitative physiotherapy and crucial mental health support for those who may have experienced loss or trauma - including sexual and gender-based violence.

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