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Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

Measles kills more than 200,000 people each year – mostly children aged under five – although a cheap and effective vaccine has existed for over half a century.

In 2019, there were 870,000 cases of measles reported – the highest number in nearly a quarter of a century – and nearly 208,000 deaths. The disease is extremely contagious, yet easily preventable with two doses of a vaccine. MSF has vaccinated over 30 million children against measles since 2006. Outbreaks are fuelled by weak public immunisation systems and low vaccination coverage, including in areas of conflict and among high numbers of people living in close quarters, such as refugee camps.


Mediterranean migration

Every year, thousands of people fleeing war, persecution and poverty at home attempt the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean. Countless lives are lost on the way.

Closing safe and legal options for people to reach Europe pushes them further into people smugglers' networks. In Libya, the detention of migrants and refugees is a thriving enterprise of kidnapping and extortion.

MSF is saving the lives of people trying to cross the central Mediterranean Sea with our own search and rescue vessel, Geo Barents. We also provide assistance to people held in Libyan detention centres and those arriving in Europe.


3 Things to Know: Impact of Migration Policies

3 things to know - the impact of migration policies

The EU's migration policies are having a direct impact across the Mediterranean Sea while people are trying to flee dangerous conditions in Libya. Here are three ways that the EU's policies on migration impact on the lives of people trying to seek safety

MSF, Doctors Without Borders, Sudanese refugees and returnees in South Sudan

South Sudan: “If they didn't find money, they killed people in their homes” – Sudanese refugees share their stories

Latest News 6 Nov 2023
Image of Marta Kaliba, MSF patient in Sudan, South Sudan.
South Sudan

"I am not a refugee, I am a mother who has lost her children fleeing a conflict."

Patient and Staff Stories 20 Oct 2023
Earthquake, Sanjaib Village, Injil District, Herat Province, Afghanistan

Herat earthquake

Latest News 18 Oct 2023
Sherwan Qasem: A twice-displaced journalist becomes a humanitarian advocate

Sherwan Qasem: A twice-displaced journalist becomes a humanitarian advocate

Fieldworkers Stories 21 Sep 2023
MSF, Doctors Without Borders, Mozambique, families returning to Cabo Delgado find total destruction

"After years of displacement, families returning to Mocímboa da Praia were confronted with total destruction."

Crisis Update 13 Sep 2023
People returning from Sudan are arriving in alarming health conditions
South Sudan

People returning from Sudan are arriving in alarming health conditions

Press Release 5 Sep 2023