Doctors Without Borders/MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃšres (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.
A sampling of reports on the Doctors without Borders website:
âoewe offer the morning-after pill to avoid unwanted pregnancyâ âŠ âoeAbortion is illegal in DRC, so we have negotiated the possibility of carrying it out at a local level, with the head doctors in the health zone, but also with our practitioners.â
âoeMSF provides medicines, supports the transport of sex workers to health centers and referrals to appropriate services for specific care such as abortion, post-abortion care and cervical cancer.â
âoeAt the end of 2005, a new project with clinics for undocumented immigrants was opened in the Sicilian town of Agrigento. One of the main problems detected by MSF in this area concerns mother and childcare, and barriers to accessing abortion.â
âoeIn cases of sexual violence, it could be a matter of giving antibiotic treatment to combat a sexually transmitted infection, giving prophylaxis treatment to prevent HIV infection, providing medicine to avoid pregnancy, performing an abortion or reconstructive surgery, or, of course, addressing psychosocial issues.â