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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

International Women's Day: Women live in inhumane conditions in the DRC - DRC Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

International Women's Day: Inhumane conditions in the DRC

Latest News 4 Mar 2024
MSF provides healthcare to displaced people in Mocimboa, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.

Cabo Delgado: Violence continues displacing and traumatising thousands

Latest News 4 Mar 2024
MSF clinic in Zamzam camp, North Darfur, Sudan.

News24 | At least one child dying every two hours in Sudan's Zamzam camp, charity reports

Latest News 15 Feb 2024
Palestinian residents queue for water in Gaza

Displaced people forced to evacuate have nowhere to go in Gaza

Press Release 15 Feb 2024
View of mother and child waiting at MSF clinic in Zamzam camp, 15 km from El Fasher, North Darfur, Sudan.
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

Sudan: Alarming death rates and malnutrition crisis in North Darfur

Press Release 5 Feb 2024
Image of Rohingya youth trapped in violence and despair, MSF, Doctors Without Borders
Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Rohingya: MSF Calls Attention to the ongoing Rohingya Crisis

Press Release 31 Jan 2024