For several days, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been requesting access to Konna, a town in the pivotal area where the north and south of Mali meet. This morning the first MSF medical team, comprising two doctors and two nurses, made the journey from Mopti to Konna.
 
The team is assessing the medical and humanitarian needs in the area and has already evaluated the main health centre in the town. “Their initial assessment describes a situation where the inhabitants have not had access to healthcare for several days,” says Dario Bertetto, MSF head of mission in Mali. “Health facilities were empty of both medical staff and patients.”

The team has started providing primary healthcare consultations and is organizing mobile clinics to understand the health status of people in the area. If necessary, MSF could increase its efforts and offer support to the Konna’s main health centre. MSF also hopes soon to be able to reach its team in the town of Douentza, where resupply has been impossible because access is still denied.

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