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Surgeons are responsible for surgery intervention and post-operative surgical care in line with MSF protocols. They work in close collaboration with the operating theatre staff and interact with doctors and nurses from the emergency, intensive care surgical departments and/or other medical departments. They provide guidance to and oversee training for the surgical team. Surgeons account for their work to the medical advisor, the hospital director or the project coordinator depending on the programme's organisation.
The humanitarian surgery practiced by MSF for the last 40 years often rolls out in war contexts. It is in constant evolution, developing solutions better adapted to field realities and integrating ever more demanding standards of medical practice.
In 2021, 40,820 interventions were performed on 17,888 patients. 2021 is a record year in terms of interventions, exceeding 2019, which also passed the 40,000 procedures. MSF Surgical activities take place in 14 countries with 1 to 5 surgical projects per country.
There are 119 departures in 2021, including 37 first assignments (FA) (compared to 82 departures in 2020, including 22 FA). The international surgeons come from 29 countries, representing the 5 continents.The detailed statistics by specialty are as follows: 49 departures of general surgeons (including 8 FA), 28 orthopedic surgeons (including 12 FA), 1 vascular surgeon, 8 plastic surgeons (including 1 FA), 9 pediatric surgeons (including 3 FA), and 24 obgyns (including 4 specializing in oncology and 13 FAs among all gynecologists).
A night duty roster ensures 24/7 care.
Post-operative patient follow-up
Collaboration with the other departments
The surgeon upholds medical confidentiality in all areas of his activity.
He is vigilant at all times and informs his line manager in the event of medical error.