March 16, 2018

Wherever Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) meets displaced women and girls, some will be carrying pregnancies due to rape. Testimonies of rape and other forms of sexual violence are common in the dedicated “women’s shelter” on the MV Aquarius, a search and rescue ship operated by SOS Méditerranée with medical support from MSF.

March 07, 2018

Sexual violence can be opportunistic or organized. It can be a reason to flee, but also can be experienced along the journey at any stage of displacement.

December 28, 2017

MSF teams in Bangladesh are treating survivors of sexual violence as part of their response to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Midwife Aerlyn Pfeil helped set up the program. Here, she answers questions about the challenges to treating these patients, MSF's approach, and what she will remember about the survivors she met in Bangladesh.

October 10, 2017

One in five people caught in emergencies and conflicts experiences depression and anxiety. MSF provides mental health care alongside our medical services in humanitarian emergencies all over the world. Some of our patients have joined our staff, and are now able to help others who need mental health support.

October 10, 2017

With help from a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) psychologist, a woman known as La Negra Ardiente began to recover from the severe depression that followed being raped and beaten in the violent port city of Tumaco, Colombia. Now she sings about her sorrows and her newfound strength, and she reaches out to others in the community who are struggling with mental health issues.

August 17, 2017

Gisela received mental health care from MSF and it changed her life.

February 23, 2017

At its clinic in Nairobi, Kenya, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) offers victims of sexual violence psychological and medical care, social support, and legal advice.

March 25, 2016

Worldwide, at least one in three women has experienced some form of sexual violence.

It is a traumatic experience for the individual, and some victims are subjected to both sexual and physical violence. The result is short and long-term consequences for a woman's physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health, affecting her capacity to be an active member in society.

July 29, 2013

Francoise Duroch of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) describes how conflict and violence disrupt health care and how medical workers find themselves the direct targets of violence. She talks about how the stigma attached to sexual violence prevents victims seeking support. Finally, she explains how MSF is sometimes forced to suspend its activities and the conditions under which the organization will go public about a situation. Originally posted on CICR.org.

April 18, 2013

The report "Trapped at the Gates of Europe" raises the alarm about the situation of Sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco. Sub-Saharan migrants making their way to Europe often find themselves trapped in this country, and as EU border nations step up their combat against illegal immigration, the migrants' living conditions worsen. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff observed an escalation in intentional violence, and increased numbers of patients abused by Moroccan security forces and sometimes by Spanish security forces. The report also looks at sexual violence endured by female migrants. In the past two years, MSF has treated 700 victims who receive no assistance or protection from the authorities. In spite of the violence, migrants' access to healthcare has somewhat improved, notes the report. With human rights now the number one priority among advocates, MSF has handed over its activities to specialist organizations.

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