Why are we there?

  • Armed conflict
  • Endemic/Epidemic disease

Our work

This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's from 2012 Annual Report:

In 2012, MSF continued to assist Somali refugees and local communities in southern and eastern Ethiopia, providing general consultations, measles vaccinations, surgery, antenatal and postnatal services, and TB treatment at the border town of Dolo Ado, in Liben zone.

MSF also screened roughly 30,000 children per month for malnutrition and other diseases and carried out more than 1,000 individual mental health consultations in five refugee camps in the area.

In the west, MSF worked with the Regional Health Bureau to carry out more than 60,000 consultations for South Sudanese refugees at the Mattar health center and mobile clinics. When 12,000 Sudanese refugees were transferred to Bambasi, MSF treated 500 for malnutrition, immunized 3,500, and distributed food rations to 4,000.

In the Somali region, MSF provided basic and maternal care, an inpatient clinic, treatment for TB and kala azar, and mobile clinics in West Imey and East Imey. In Ogaden, MSF offered emergency obstetric care, antenatal consultations, malnutrition treatment, and medical and psychological care for victims of violence at the hospital in Degehabur.

MSF also supported Wardher hospital with TB and malnutrition treatment, reproductive health care, assistance for victims of sexual violence, and vaccinations. Another team works in Danod health center.

In the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region’s Sidama zone, MSF assisted more than 50,000 women and 34,000 children in programs offering antenatal and postnatal care, a residency for expectant mothers, 24-hour emergency service, medical and psychological care for victims of violence, surgery, and treatment for obstetric fistulas.

MSF worked with the federal Bureau of Health to launch outpatient DR-TB treatment in Dire Dawa, while also treating patients with kala azar, including those co-infected with HIV, in Amhara region.

A patient has his wound cleaned and dressing changed, West Imey clinic, Somali region. © Julie Rémy

At the end of 2012, MSF had 1,594 staff in Ethiopia. MSF has been working in the country since 1984.

Patient story

Badoo, 40 years old

"I gave birth seven days ago to a baby girl. I delivered my baby in the bush where I live, as I have done with all my previous babies. I have ten children. A traditional birth attendant delivered my baby but soon after I became very sick. I had a very high fever and was shaking uncontrollably.

I felt like all the energy was leaving my body. I had been cut very badly and became infected after the birth; I found it painful to pass urine and the pain made me want to be sick and I almost fainted. I told my family that I felt very unwell and I needed help.

My family put me on a donkey cart and it took two hours to get here. The road isn’t good but it’s sandy so I was able to cope with the journey even though it was very hot and exhausting. I have been in the hospital two days and the staff check my blood pressure. They have given me medicine and have put me on an oxygen machine. The doctor says I look better now and I feel like I’m getting a little more energy in my body.

I feel like now I am here in the hospital I will be OK. I was in a lot of pain but every day that I’m here I feel a little bit better. I have to breathe with an oxygen mask because I’m still weak. If I had stayed in the bush and not come to hospital I don’t know what would have happened to me."

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