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Your lifesaving impact in 2023

Your support enabled us to provide care whenever and wherever disaster struck.

Camp life: MSF

Bangladesh 2023 © Victor Caringal/MSF

When an emergency strikes, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobilizes quickly to save lives where we are needed most. Emergencies won’t stop in 2024, and neither will we. 

We’d like to take a moment to mark the incredible work that was made possible this past year thanks to a global movement of generous donors. Take a look back at the lifesaving work you’ve helped make possible in the last year.

MSF medical teams operate mobile clinics to ensure essential healthcare services in Donetsk
Ukraine 2023 © Yuliia Trofimova/MSF

UKRAINE: First aid and psychological support amid war

The war in Ukraine continues to drive enormous medical demands and disrupt healthcare access. With your help, MSF has provided medical and humanitarian aid throughout the country.

Our teams are responding with psychological first aid, counseling, and comprehensive mental health care. In 2023 alone, we provided more than 8,000 mental health consultations in seven different regions of Ukraine.

Malnutrition, Maiduguri project, Nigeria
Nigeria 2023 © MSF/Ehab Zawati

NIGERIA: An escalating malnutrition crisis

Widespread violence has exacerbated a malnutrition crisis impacting children in northwest Nigeria. Armed groups regularly raid towns, loot property, and kidnap residents for ransom. More than 500,000 people have fled their homes and landsothers have stayed but can’t access their farms, leaving less food for everyone.

With your support, MSF has scaled up our lifesaving response in the region. From January to May 2023, our teams across northwest Nigeria provided care to 10,200 severely malnourished children at 10 inpatient therapeutic feeding centers

Hundreds of migrants arrive at reception centres after travelling through Darien jungle
Panama 2023 © Natalia Romero/MSF

PANAMA: Urgent action for migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers

Between January and April 2023, over 127,000 people crossed the Darién Gap between Colombia and Panama. Migrants who traverse the area’s dense jungle, rivers, and cliffs have also experienced extreme violence at the hands of armed groups who control the land.

Thanks to your generosity, in just three months, MSF has treated 669 people in this area with chronic conditions—nearly three times the number of patients treated during the same period the previous year.

More than four men in MSF vests are helping to unload a truck full of tents and winter kits. We only see their backs as they work to pull the equipment off the truck.
MSF staff unload tents and winter kits in Al-Ameen, Syria. 2023 © Rami Alsayed

SYRIA: Relief efforts after deadly earthquakes

The catastrophic earthquakes that hit Syria and Türkiye in February killed over 51,000 people and left millions injured or homeless across both countries. Thanks to you, MSF-supported teams were among the first to respond to the needs of displaced people in Syria following the earthquake.

MSF has been working with local partners to meet the immense need for emergency medical and mental health care. In collaboration with a local organization, our mobile clinic teams in Jindires, Syria, performed 1,550 medical consultations and offered 670 mental health sessions in the first month of operation.


MSF Clinical Officer examines a child at the MSF Mobile Clinic
An MSF mobile clinic for refugees and returnees from Sudan.
South Sudan 2023 © Gale Julius Dada/MSF

SUDAN: Saving lives amid armed conflict

In Khartoum, Darfur, and many other parts of Sudan, millions of people have been forced from their homes by the continued escalation of violence that began in April. Heavy fighting from gunfire, shelling, and airstrikes has caused many hospitals to close or face staffing and supply shortages. 

Your support fuels the efforts of our 1,089 staff members who are treating the ill and injured throughout Sudan. In El Fasher, MSF transformed a small maternity facility with no surgical capacity into the main referral hospital for all of North Darfur state. To date, we have treated more than 1,000 war-wounded patients at this new trauma center.