Ukraine: How MSF helps amputee patients regain the joy of life

At a hospital in Vinnytsia, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is running a project to rehabilitate patients injured by the war. Most of the patients have amputations and are unable to move far without additional assistance. Many of them stay in the hospital for months as they recover and undertake rehabilitation. When they are […]

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A journey of resilience: Caring for patients inside a medical train

Dr. Nataliia Pyvovar works on the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical train in Ukraine. The train evacuates patients from frontline areas to facilities in safer regions of the country. Another journey begins today. Nataliia feels confident and resilient because there was no shelling at night, so she managed to sleep. This is necessary […]

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Safeguarding the mind: protecting mental well-being amidst the war in Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine has created a huge need for psychological support ranging from psychological first aid to comprehensive psychological care. People have experienced fear, trauma and isolation and are showing symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress. MSF psychologists are responding to mental health needs of patients with psychological first aid, mental health counseling and […]

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Ukraine: Positive stories in the middle of a war

Destroyed house in Ukraine

By Ivan M. García, MSF Spain Head of Media “Hey, try to bring back some positive stories, too!” is a mantra offered by colleagues each time one of us in the MSF communications team goes out to projects. It’s also a classic from journalists from time to time, specially at Christmas and in summer, when […]

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Between enemy lines: the destruction of healthcare infrastructure in Ukraine

To date, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have only been allowed entry into regions controlled by Ukrainian forces, which means they have witnessed the destruction caused by the war in Ukrainian-held territory only. Despite MSF’s efforts to obtain permission to access regions under Russian occupation, this access has not been granted; MSF […]

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Ukraine: MSF teams treating patients after missile attack on residential building in Zaporizhzhia

  At midnight on Thursday, a Russian missile struck a five-story residential building in Zaporizhzhia city, in Zaporizhzhia oblast (province), southeastern Ukraine. The building housed approximately 300 people in 70 apartments. In collaboration with local authorities, emergency teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are at the scene of the attack to provide psychological first […]

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A president’s letter from Ukraine

  In September 2022, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) international president Dr. Christos Christou visited Ukraine to get a first-hand view of the situation patients and staff are facing in the ongoing war. He supported and witnessed the work of MSF’s medical teams. He also held high level meetings to reaffirm our commitment to […]

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Russia – MSF provides support to people displaced by the armed conflict in Ukraine

  The escalation of the international armed conflict in Ukraine has forced more than 10 million people to cross the border into neighbouring countries since late February, with almost one-quarter of them crossing into Russia, according to the UN. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in Russia are supporting already existing efforts to provide […]

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MSF Medical Train in Ukraine: Data and patient accounts reveal consistent indiscriminate attacks against civilians

Medical data and accounts from patients evacuated on Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s medical referral train show that the war in Ukraine is being conducted with an outrageous lack of care to distinguish and protect civilians. Over 40 percent of the war-wounded on the train have been elderly people and children with blast wounds, traumatic […]

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