Mauritania: Latest MSF Updates


This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides medical care to Malian refugees and host communities in Mauritania. The last three months of 2016 saw the biggest influx of refugees since 2013.

Thousands of Malians are still living in Mbera camp in southeast Mauritania following the conflict in 2013, which forced them to flee across the border. Despite the peace process, violent attacks by armed groups and bandits have dissuaded them from returning home. The latest arrival at the end of 2016 has put additional pressure on the camp’s infrastructure. According to the UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, 46,877 people were living in Mbera camp in December 2016. MSF provided basic and emergency healthcare, as well as gynecological and obstetric services, for both refugees in the camp and host communities in nearby Bassikounou and Fassala. In 2016, the majority of surgical interventions performed by MSF teams were Caesarean sections and visceral and orthopedic procedures.