MSF supports local medical facilities to ensure access to free health care to vulnerable populations in three regions of northern Mali (Mopti, Gao, Timbuktu) since April 2012. However, insecurity prevents medical teams out of cities to assess the needs of people. Mauritania, hundreds of refugees continue to cross the border every day. And for MSF, the emergency is not over.
Violence in northern Mali have forced thousands of people to flee to other locations within the country or to neighboring countries. Faced with growing insecurity, the medical staff has also fled the Malian health facilities. The conflict has weakened and disorganized health facilities already fragile and affected by drug shortages. Since January 2013, MSF treats on average 500 patients in the health center Konna, in the Mopti region. At 100 miles away, the city of Douentza was also the scene of bombing in January. MSF has been working in the local hospital since November 2012 and remained present during the bombing and fighting. On 26 January 2013, the team has been strengthened by the arrival of a surgeon, a nurse and a doctor.