Natural disasters

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Natural disasters

A natural disaster - such as an earthquake, tsunami and hurricane - can overwhelm an entire population within minutes. Thousands of people may be killed and many more left injured or traumatised by the loss of friends, families and homes. In the face of such events, Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) can deploy a rapid response to save lives and support survivors.

Over decades, we have built up a network of experienced staff and a system of logistical support that means we can mobilise fast to reach disaster-hit communities in complex environments with the emergency medical and psychological care they need.

In large-scale disasters, local hospitals may also be damaged or destroyed, while vital infrastructure such as transport and clean water supplies can fail. This can lead to issues like disease outbreaks just when health systems are least able to help. So, we also deploy logistical teams and water and sanitation experts to help stabilise healthcare systems and protect survivors.

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