Psychosocial support

The year-long COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the life of every individual with varying degrees of disruption. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Hong Kong has been particularly concerned about people’s mental wellbeing after prolonged exposure to uncertainty, especially amongst vulnerable groups who...
On November 4, Ethiopia’s prime minister ordered military action against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the Tigray region, in northern Ethiopia, following an attack on a military base. The escalating conflict is already affecting hundreds of thousands of people, and it runs the risk...
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...
An MSF doctor checks over a patient with COVID-19 at a COVID care centre in Chatenay-Malabry, in the Paris suburbs. France, April 2020.©AGNES VARRAINE-LECA/MSF Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is launching an emergency appeal for medical and paramedical professionals to help care for dependent...
Severe flooding is affecting an estimated 800,000 people across a wide swath of South Sudan, inundating homes and leaving people without adequate food, water or shelter. Many areas have been flooded since July, while river levels are continuing to rise, worsening the crisis. Médecins Sans...
“Spending our lives in the camps is difficult; the area is small and there is no space for the children to play,” says Abu Siddik. He lives in one of the camps in the Cox’s Bazar district of south-eastern Bangladesh, where around 860,000 Rohingya refugees are crammed into just 26 square kilometres...
On various occasions since the Andaman crisis, including during the Bali Process, Malaysia and other South East Asian nations have emphasised the primacy of saving lives at sea. © Stéphane Coletti/MSF

In recent weeks, there have been numerous discussions in Malaysia related to the country’s ability to provide a safe haven for people in need of protection, after having survived a treacherous journey by sea.

How are you?” is the question I used to start the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) health education and mental health workshops in Hong Kong on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for the vulnerable populations in the past three months.

People living in the north of the West Bank face a complex array of pressures: more than 50 years of Israel’s military occupation of the area, a poor economy, a conservative society at a time of transition – all of this can add up and increase the burden of mental health issues in the community...
What does it take to get essential humanitarian aid to the people who need it? Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian organization that operates in all corners of the globe in countless different contexts. We respond to both widely-known...
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