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Medical Care for Migrants

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Health Care for Migrants in Crisis

There are more than 60 million people around the world currently displaced from their homes, the highest number since the Second World War. Many are fleeing persecution, poverty and war in their home countries. Throughout their journeys, many require urgent medical care for illness or injury, but have no access to health services. 

The journeys are dangerous: Thousands have been killed this year alone, whether by drowning on the Mediterranean Sea or after suffering violent assault along the migrant routes of Central America, the Middle East or Southeast Asia.

 “When I ask people why they risk their lives in this way, I get the same answer every time” says Will Turner, Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Emergency Coordinator.”There is no alternative. These people know the dangers but they take the gamble anyway. They tell us that they would rather [die] seeking safety and freedom than stay in their homelands where their lives are not worth living.”

MSF works on the migration routes along which many people travel, providing essential humanitarian care for those most at risk — on the Mediterranean, in Mexico, or in the reception centres of Europe.

Photo © Anna Surinyach/MSF

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