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Ukraine: the catastrophic impact of the war

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are working to deliver emergency medical aid to people in Ukraine, as well as those now seeking safety in neighbouring countries.

The situation remains highly volatile, with civilians experiencing the catastrophic impact of the war - including cities being encircled by military forces, intense bombardment, and restricted access to essential resources like food and water.

Many hospitals have struggled with severe shortages of medical supplies, ranging from surgical tools to medication for chronic illnesses. The mental health effects of the war have also been severe. 

Our response

  • Primary healthcare, including treatment for chronic illnesses, for vulnerable people who've fled their homes or stayed behind in areas with heavy fighting 
  • Support to Ukrainian medics with supplies and training 
  • Medical evacuations for patients from overwhelmed hospitals to safer areas 
  • Support to Ukrainian psychologists and first responders to provide mental healthcare for people who’ve faced intensely traumatic experiences 


The continuous support of people like you allows us to rapidly scale up our medical and humanitarian response where the needs are greatest and where we can have a life-saving impact. 

A regular gift can help MSF’s long-term work in regions affected by conflict, natural disasters, and epidemics.  

Unless otherwise specified, contributions to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are directed to our general emergency fund, which is what we draw upon to deliver lifesaving healthcare wherever it’s needed around the world. Such unrestricted general donations give us the ability to direct funds where the needs are greatest, including under-reported and neglected crises.

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