Mental healthcare

In 2012, when violence erupted between Rohingya and Rakhine communities, Zaw Rina’s home in Pauktaw town was burned down. She was forced to flee with her family to a camp in Ah Nauk Ywe on a difficult-to-reach island in the remote western part of the state. The impermanence of the fragile bamboo...
How can a person heal, physically and mentally, after experiencing torture or extreme violence? In July 2017, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened the Comprehensive Care Center, known by its Spanish acronym, El CAI, in Mexico City, to provide specialized medical and mental...
Raul Manarte is a mental health activity manager for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Ukraine. He helped launch MSF’s mental health response in the towns of Uzhhorod and Ivano-Frankivsk in southwestern Ukraine and Kropyvnystskyi in central Ukraine. Here, Manarte describes how MSF is addressing...
From January to March 2022, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mounted an emergency response in Dinagat Island Province and the outlying islands of Surigao City, in the southern Philippines which were severely affected by Typhoon Rai (locally named Odette) in December 2021.  Over two months, MSF teams...
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have carried out six separate rescue operations in three days on board the search and rescue ship Geo Barents and rescued 439 people from the Central Mediterranean Sea who had fled Libya in search of safety. After two requests for a place of safety to the...
"We are extremely worried refugees are arriving to a camp that lacks essential services and that their basic needs will not be met." Kiera Sargeant, former MSF medical coordinator in Sudan, describes MSF’s response to the refugee crisis on the Ethiopian border What is happening at the border...
Children and teenagers living with HIV are particularly vulnerable to stigmatisation and to the psychological burden of the disease, which often results in them struggling to follow anti-retroviral treatment. In Malawi, Médecins Sans Frontières’ “teen clubs” offer a safe space where younger...

MSF psychologist Sara Tannouri looks back at the blast which devastated her home city of Beirut two months ago and its impact on people’s mental wellbeing, including her own. 

A week after the devastating blast that took place in Beirut on 4th August 2020, MSF is carrying out an emergency response to provide medical support to the people most impacted by the explosion. MSF’s activities cover three main areas of intervention: wound care for people still suffering from...
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is unfolding, our teams are working in more than 70 countries around the world, providing urgent medical care for people fleeing violence, mothers giving birth and children needing treatment for measles or malnutrition. From the conflict in Syria to the...
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