MSF midwives looks after a newborn baby in Douentza hospital, Mali.
MALI 2017 © Seydou Camara/MSF
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This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.

Access to medical care remains very limited in northern Mali due to a lack of medical staff and supplies, and insecurity arising from clashes between armed groups. In Ansongo town, Gao region, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supported the 48-bed referral hospital with outpatient consultations, inpatient and emergency care, surgery, maternal health care, treatment for chronic diseases, nutrition and laboratory services, and mental health care. In rural areas of Ansongo, MSF arranged referrals to health centers and the hospital. From July to December, when the nomadic community migrates with their cattle far from the health centers, MSF ensured they had access to primary health care by training and mentoring community health workers in the diagnosis and treatment of the most common diseases. More than 57,145 children received routine catch-up vaccinations and antimalarial treatment during the seasonal peak.

In Kidal region, MSF supported five health centers. In collaboration with the local authorities, the team implemented seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) for the first time in the region, targeting around 16,000 children between three months and five years old. During the year, MSF started to hand over its SMC activities in Koutiala to the Ministry of Health. An average of 171,000 children received antimalarial drugs in each round.

Elsewhere in Koutiala district, MSF ran a comprehensive pediatric program. In 2016, 7,032 children were admitted to the pediatric ward and 3,829 to the nutrition ward of the MSF-supported regional referral hospital. MSF also supported pediatric and nutrition activities in five health centers across the district, carrying out 90,203 outpatient consultations and treating 3,779 children for malnutrition.