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.
The Yersina pestis bacteria can be found in about 200 species of mammals that live on every continent except for Oceania. As it lives in an animal host it is virtually impossible to eradicate. A treatment is widely available that not only cures people affected with the disease, but is also used as a prophylaxis to prevent those at risk of falling ill.