MSF statement on SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade
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Unsafe abortion is one of the main causes of maternal death globally, and the only one that is almost entirely preventable.
Today, one fourth of the world's population lacks access to essential medicines. In the poorest parts of Africa and Asia this figure rises to half of the population.
Resistance to antibiotics has become a global health crisis, complicating the treatment of bacterial infections and endangering lives around the world.
Cholera is preventable and easily treated, yet it infects millions of people each year and causes up to 143,000 deaths worldwide.
Ebola is rare but deadly, spreading fear and panic. Caring for infected patients and affected communities is crucial for a response to be effective.
Nearly 700,000 people died from HIV-related causes, while 1.5 million people became newly infected with the HIV virus in 2020.
Kala azar, or visceral leishmaniasis, is the second deadliest parasitic disease in the world—only malaria kills more people.
Each year, malaria kills nearly half a million people. 70 percent of all deaths are children under five years of age.
More than 232 million children around the world last year suffered from malnutrition. It is the underlying contributing factor in nearly half of the deaths of children under five years of age.
An estimated 99 percent of women who die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications live in developing countries. Most of these deaths are preventable.
Measles remains a leading killer of young children in parts of the world, even though an effective, low-cost vaccine has been available for decades.
Meningococcal meningitis is a highly contagious bacterial from of meningitis—a serious inflammation of the meninges—the thin lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
Where we work, we may see people with a mental illness or confronting distressing situations, such as violence, loss, or displacement. Mental health support can be crucial to help people cope.
Obstetric fistula is a preventable but devastating injury that can affect women living in poor, remote areas without access to skilled maternal care.
Sexual violence is a medical emergency, but there is often a dire lack of health care services for victims.
This neglected tropical disease, also known as Human African trypanosomiasis, puts 65 million people at risk across sub-Saharan Africa.
This hidden health crisis affects at least 2.7 million people each year.
Tuberculosis is the world’s leading infectious disease killer, accounting for 1.4 million deaths worldwide in 2019.
Vaccines are one of the most effective public health interventions available, but at least 1.5 million children still die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases.
One shot of a vaccine gives long-lasting immunity, but low coverage in parts of the world leads to periodic epidemics.
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