Do you provide abortions or work with family planning issues?

MSF does not take a position on abortion or family planning; however we do provide emergency medical aid to people according to their individual needs. That often includes abortion, contraception, sex education in HIV/AIDS prevention programs, as well as prophylactic treatments for victims of sexual violence.Our teams often see women and girls who need medical attention due to injuries suffered during unsafe illegal abortions in places where the practice is illegal or taboo. 

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Are you concerned that MSF may be contributing to the development of resistant strains of illness through issuing conventional antibiotics or antiretrovirals to patients that may not know the importance of completing their treatment?

● MSF programs for illnesses such as TB or AIDS include strong patient education and MSF encourages decentralized treatment programs and community antiretroviral groups (CAGs) that can help enable better adherence. 
 
● Programs (in South Africa, for example) have better adherence rates to treatment than in the US.

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Does MSF do prevention?

● Yes. For all diseases we treat, to the extent possible we also have active prevention programs.
 
● Examples: Nutritional supplements to prevent severe acute malnutrition, vaccinations campaigns against meningitis and measles, distribution of mosquito netting to prevent malaria, early treatment of HIV/AIDs reduces transmissions as well as PMTCT (prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV), condoms, and prophylaxis treatment for victims of sexual violence.

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How else do you advocate for patients?

While MSF as a whole continues to speak out about situations where political, military, or other concerns are causing or enabling medical emergencies, MSF’s Access Campaign advocated on behalf of patients when it comes to making lifesaving medications and vaccinations more widely availably, and affordable, particularly in developing countries.

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How many patients do you see?

In 2012, MSF teams working in some 70 countries around the world provided more than 8.3 million outpatient consultations, admitted more than 472,000 patients for inpatient care, performed more than 784,000 antenatal consultations, and helped deliver more than 185,000 babies.

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What are the major areas MSF projects address?

MSF programs around the world address a host of different medical issues and challenges. Many offer general inpatient and/or outpatient care. Depending on the location, staff may also provide maternal and pediatric care, mental health care, surgery, physiotherapy, vaccinations, and treatment for malnutrition and diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (and drugresistant tuberculosis), malaria, cholera, measles, and meningitis.

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