We have a strong track record of providing medical care in times of crisis. When wars or natural disasters strike, our medical teams arrive quickly to start treating survivors and saving lives. What’s more, we stay for the long haul to strengthen local health infrastructures so they’re better equipped to handle future crises.
Armed conflict and violence at home force people to make treacherous journeys across land and sea to safer places. Along their journey and upon arrival in a new country, refugees and migrants often face violence, rejection and serious obstacles in accessing medical care. We have a long history of working with the world’s most vulnerable refugees and migrants to ensure they receive the social, psychological, and medical care they need.
We advocate for sexual and reproductive rights on an international level in countries as wide ranging as Nepal, Mexico and Russia. Our teams work to provide educational workshops for STI prevention for vulnerable populations such as sex workers and to raise awareness on family planning methods in rural areas. We also work in developing countries where women and children lack access to basic obstetric medical care, combatting high rates of infant mortality and childbirth complications.
The developing world continues to be severely affected by diseases that are both preventable and treatable such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. We deliver high impact prevention methods to at-risk groups such as drug users and sex workers. We also provide counseling, testing services and antiretroviral treatments in both developed and developing countries – such as France, where Doctors of the World established the first needle exchanges in defiance of local authorities.
Since 2009, we've been working in Kanem, Chad, where pregnant women and newborns receive very little medical care, especially in rural areas.
In May 2015, two earthquakes struck Nepal killing 8,000 people and damaging 80% of health facilities.
In 2010 a violent earthquake in Haiti left 200,000 people dead, 300,000 injured, and 2.3 million homeless.