Burkina Faso


Key medical figures:
• 18,800 outpatient consultations
• 7,000 patients treated for malaria
• 1,300 antenatal consultations

The relocation of Malian refugees within Burkina Faso resulted in a reduction in Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) activities in 2013.

The stream of Malians fleeing violence and attacks in their home country began in February 2012, and an emergency programme was opened by MSF to help meet their healthcare needs. Initially, most refugees gathered in camps near the Malian border, within the province of Oudalan. Later that year though, the Burkina government moved the camps further inland to ensure increased safety for the refugees.

At the beginning of 2013, due to deteriorating security in the Sahel zone, the authorities once again decided to relocate refugees. Within six months, 11,300 people who had been living in the camps where MSF was working – Ferrerio, Dibissi and Ngatourou- Niénié – had been moved to the inland camps of Goudoubo and Mentao. As a consequence, MSF scaled down its activities.

In April, MSF began a twice-weekly mobile clinic for people who remained in Dibissi camp, as well as the 6,200 residents in Gandafabou health district. The team provided basic healthcare consultations, vaccinations – primarily for tetanus and measles – and referrals to the hospital in Dori. An estimated 43,000 refugees from Mali were present in Burkina Faso at the end of 2013.

No. staff end 2013: 91 | Year MSF first worked in the country: 1995

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