MSF Interventions in Somalia 2012
MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES ACTIVITIES map (1)For over two decades, the Somali population has experienced wars, displacement, poor access to healthcare and insufficient humanitarian assistance. The severe drought that affected the region in the year 2011 pushed hundreds of thousands of Somalis across the borders with neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia to receive assistance in crowded refugee camps. Others have fled to the capital, Mogadishu. Millions remain, however, unable to leave, with no end in sight to this massive humanitarian crisis.
In 2012, the situation in Somalia is yet to return to normalcy as the factors that led to last year’s huge crisis are still in place. MSF teams, therefore, continue their activities, which include nutritional programs, primary health care, surgery, response to epidemics like cholera and measles, immunization campaigns, and maternal health in various parts of the country. MSF does not accept money from governments or donor agencies to fund its work in Somalia. MSF currently runs 19 medical projects in various parts of Somalia and in the camps for Somali refugees in Ethiopia and Kenya. During the first half of 2012, the medical organization treated nearly 30,000 children for severe malnutrition and vaccinated 75,000 against infectious diseases. MSF teams also assisted in over 7,300 deliveries and provided close to half a million medical consultations within its health facilities.
On October 13th 2011, two MSF workers- Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut, were abducted in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. MSF believes that its two colleagues are being held in Somalia and appeal for their unconditional release. MSF will not expand its activities further inside Somalia until Montserrat and Bianca are reunited with their families.