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


MSF, Doctors Without Borders, Haiti, earthquake
Natural Disasters

Haiti: After the earthquake, a multitude of challenges for patients

Latest News 30 Aug 2021
Ongoing Fighting Affected Population in Afghanistan
Armed conflict

Injuries and displacement soar as violence spreads around Afghanistan

Latest News 12 Aug 2021
An image of displaced people in Northwest Syria who are already living in harsh conditions

Northwest Syria: Millions of people rely on humanitarian aid to survive

Patient and Staff Stories 8 Jul 2021
MSF Southern Africa bi-annual magazine
Access to Healthcare

MAMELA magazine issue 21 - December 2017

Magazine 24 Nov 2017
Access to Healthcare

Mamela magazine issue 17 - December 2015

Magazine 1 Dec 2015
Syria - Aleppo province MSF hospital

Syria: hospitals overwhelmed after bombing in Aleppo leaves hundreds dead

Press Release 18 Dec 2013

Quick facts about surgery and trauma care