Public health is already being hit hard. How can a medical humanitarian organization provide care and support amid political turmoil?

February 2019: Patients wait for a consultation from MSF’s mobile medical unit in Naga, Myanmar. Photo: MSF/Scott Hamilton

The awful reality is that more women and girls could die due to disruption of sexual and reproductive health services than to the coronavirus itself

February 2019: In Choloma, in the north of Honduras, an MSF team works at a clinic that offers family planning services, prenatal and postnatal consultations, psychosocial support to victims of violence, as well as assisting deliveries. Health promotion teams visit different sites to raise awareness of the services available and to provide information about sexual and reproductive health for adolescents. Photo: Christina Simons/MSF

MSF pediatric surgeon Neema Kaseje holds a 5-month-old baby in recovery after receiving surgery at Bardnesville Junction Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. The child had suffered from intussusception — a painful and dangerous intestinal obstruction. Photo courtesy of Neema Kaseje

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Whether it’s advocating for safe abortion care and access to medicines, or condemning the bombing of hospitals, these women around the world are speaking out to empower others and protect patients. They will not be silent.

“We will not leave patients behind. And we will not be silent. Seeking or providing health care must not be a death sentence… Make no mistake: we will relentlessly denounce attacks on health care. …

Last night Trump used our data, again, to justify policies that would trap vulnerable people in places where their lives are at risk.

February 2018: Doctors Without Borders runs a clinic inside the La 72 shelter, among other locations along the Central American migration route through Mexico. Photo: Juan Carlos Tomasi

Doctors Without Borders

Medical aid org working globally to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org

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