Mexico: Latest MSF Updates

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has deployed psychosocial support teams in several areas of Mexico City to provide mental health care to those affected by the earthquake that struck on Tuesday, September 19. MSF teams, made up of psychologists and social workers, are working in conjunction with rescue efforts to assist families who either lost or can no longer return to their homes following the earthquake.

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

MSF continued to provide medical and psychosocial support for Central American migrants and refugees, as well as local communities affected by violence. Every year, an estimated 400,000 people flee violence and poverty in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, and are systematically exposed to further violence along the migration route through Mexico on their way to the US. In 2016, more than 15,000 migrants and refugees from Central America were registered in the shelters where MSF worked, and 2,700 participated in psycho-educational or psychosocial activities. Over 2,200 medical and 690 mental health consultations were carried out in Ixtepec, Tenosique, and Celaya. In the MSF integral care center in Mexico City, teams provided medical and psychological support to 63 victims of inhumane treatment.

In Acapulco, MSF offered mental health care to 480 victims of violence and carried out over 2,340 mental health consultations in Colonia Jardín. In Tierra Caliente, Guerrero state, where rural health posts were closed due to violence, MSF provided emergency obstetric services in Arcelia hospital and began running mobile clinics in other municipalities toward the end of the year. In Reynoso, MSF handed over a project to improve emergency care in the general hospital and set up a new project providing medical and mental health care for victims of violence.

In Nochixtlan, Oaxaca, following a July confrontation between teachers and state security forces, MSF treated the wounded and offered mental health consultations to the families of those killed or missing. MSF closed the Chagas project in Oaxaca in April 2016 and handed over activities to the Ministry of Health.

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