In the same year, MSF began running an ambulance service in collaboration with SEM – a national ambulance service. We initially covered the municipality of Soyapango and then extended the service to Ilopango in June 2019. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we started to cover the municipalities of San Martín, Tonacatepeque, and Ciudad Delgado as well, to relieve pressure on SEM. More than 6,390 patients benefited from this 24-hour ambulance service, and SEM has confirmed that it will continue to operate after our withdrawal.
MSF regularly supported the Salvadoran Institute for the Development of Women with training on sexual violence, and worked to raise awareness of the need to treat it as a medical emergency. In addition, our staff assisted people who were victims of violence and in need of protection. Moving forward, MSF believes that public institutions need to adopt policies that prioritise medical care and protection for victims of violence.