Surgery and trauma care

MSF has been providing surgical care for people in precarious contexts for more than 40 years.

Surgery in a humanitarian situation is often associated with armed conflict. Yet our teams conduct operations for a variety of needs. In 2020, one in five of the major surgeries we performed were caesarean sections, which is difficult to access in countries with a failing health system or in humanitarian emergencies. The opening of a surgical programme has a number of prerequisites which need medical and logistics resources, such as sterile conditions, qualified personnel, and post-operative capacity.


After the earthquake, a surgical team works nonstop


Surgery operations in South Sudan
Surgery & Trauma Care

In surgery: "We can't operate without you"

Patient and Staff Stories 7 May 2024
Image of solar panels at Amman reconstructive surgery Hospital in Jordan.

The surgical hospital that’s using solar panels to go green

Patient and Staff Stories 18 Jan 2024
Image of Dr Aldo Rodriguez, Mexican surgeon in Gaza performing a  surgery.

Three weeks in Gaza: MSF surgeon returns with a message

Patient and Staff Stories 18 Jan 2024
Neglected Tropical Diseases

Surgical treatment for patients with neglected diseases in Mogovolas district

Press Release 24 Jul 2023
Fatumazahra Khalif_Portrait
Access to Healthcare

Somalia: “Health promotion is vital”

Patient and Staff Stories 7 Jul 2023
Armed conflict

MSF treats patients and condemns attack on medical facilities and civilians in Jenin, Palestine

Statement 20 Jun 2023

Quick facts about surgery and trauma care