More than two million people are displaced from their homes in Colombia, including families that unwillingly become the targets of armed groups. Overnight, their lives are turned upside down; many end up in urban slums where they encounter still more problems. MSF operates in these areas, providing medical and mental health care to displaced people, such as
MSF has a clinic for displaced persons living in the urban slums of Sincelejo, where common ailments are respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, and acute viral infections. A new project is being set up in the mountainous Montes de Maria area.
MSF has a fixed clinic for returning internally displaced people (IDPs) in Saiza, Córdoba, and another in Ríos Sucio, Chocó. MSF has mobile clinics that operate throughout the three-department area, providing healthcare to people living in outlying villages.
Also in Chocó department, MSF is working in the jungle city of Quibdó to provide sexual and reproductive health services, particularly to survivors of sexual violence. Inside the city, MSF works in the maternity wards of two local hospitals and supports five city health centers. Using mobile clinics, MSF provides medical and psychological assistance in areas surrounding Quibdó, and offers health care in Riosucio and Saiza.
Outside the city of Bogotá, MSF assists new IDPs in Soacha district by offering medical consultations and mental health support. The team also informs displaced families about their right to healthcare and provides information on how to access the complicated government-run health system.
In Ibagué, Tolima, MSF provides medical and psychological assistance to newly displaced people. MSF also provides medical and psychological assistance to victims of violent conflict in southern Tolima and northern Huila departments, areas that are afflicted with heavy fighting, massacres, and displacement. A new project is under way in Buenaventura, Valle de Cauca.
MSF provides healthcare through its mobile clinics and supports local health facilities in the Barbacoas region by training health staff, providing support to rehabilitate rural health facilities and implementing water-sanitation and waste management systems.
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