MSF worked in Angola from 1983 until 2007.
Why were we there?
- Armed conflict
- Endemic/Epidemic disease
- Social violence/Health care exclusion
MSF first started working in Angola in 1983 to respond to conflict-related medical emergencies and expanded its activities both geographically and medically as needs were identified. Broad support was provided for basic health care including medical attention for people with tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, and Human African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness).
MSF regularly responded to outbreaks of diseases such as meningitis, measles, cholera, hemorrhagic fever, and other health problems including nutritional crises. MSF also supported hospitals and health centers.
In 2002, a peace agreement was signed that ended 27 years of civil war in Angola. As the state continued to rehabilitate the health care system and develops a proper health care infrastructure, MSF in 2006 and 2007 engaged in a gradual process of closing and handing over its activities to government and local and international development NGOs.
Prior to the final project closures, MSF was particularly active in responding to cholera outbreaks, treating more than 32,000 people. Rapid urbanization, inadequate water and sanitation systems, and a disorganized public health system combined with heavy rains accelerated the country's worst ever recorded outbreak of cholera in February 2006.
In the city of Malanje, MSF had run a project for HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria since 2003. In 2006, 9,766 people were tested for HIV and 181 were enrolled in a treatment program. Almost 20,000 people were treated for malaria during 2006. Health authorities took over this project in May of 2007. Between January 2006 and April 2007, MSF assisted an average of 270 pregnant women monthly in the Xa-Muteba clinic in Lunda Norte province. The project was transferred to the Ministry of Health in May 2007.
MSF has completely withdrawn from Angola.