Why are we there?

  • Conflict
  • Endemic/epidemic disease
  • Health care exclusion

Our work

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

Conflict and a coup virtually split Mali in two by April 2012—Tuareg and Islamist groups controlled the north, an interim government the south—and instability simmered throughout the year. Some 340,000 people were displaced; 145,000 fled the country.

MSF provided basic medical services at three health posts in the north and assumed responsibility for the 65-bed Timbuktu hospital (emergency department, pediatric ward, surgical and maternity services). Staff also carried out 50,000 consultations in 10 regional health centers.

In Gao, MSF conducted 65 daily consultations in two health centers, ran mobile clinics in rural areas, and managed Ansongo’s 40-bed hospital.

In October, MSF began providing outpatient and inpatient services, maternity care, and surgery at a referral hospital and a health center in Douentza, conducting 500 weekly consultations. Teams also assisted Malian refugees in neighboring countries.

Comedy Sans Frontieres June 2013

Malian refugees wait to be registered in Mauritania after fleeing Mali during fighting there.

MSF treated hundreds of children at four outpatient and two inpatient therapeutic feeding centers in the Mopti region. Staff also treated 4,800 children for malaria and admitted 4,400 to an inpatient feeding center at Koutiala hospital in Sikasso, treating 3,000 additional children at six outpatient feeding centers.

MSF offered preventative and curative care for children in a health center in Konseguela, conducting more than 80,000 consultations there and in four other health centers. Community health workers in 19 surrounding villages also detected and treated malaria, distributed mosquito nets, vaccinations, follow-up consultations, and supplementary food for children younger than 2.

Between August and October, when malaria is most potent, MSF provided anti-malarial medication to more than 165,000 children in Koutiala district—another seasonal malaria chemoprevention campaign, like the one in Chad—which reduced consultations for simple malaria by more than 66 percent in subsequent weeks and reduced hospitalizations for severe malaria by 70 percent.

At the end of 2012, MSF had 469 staff in Mali. MSF has worked in the country since 1984.

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