MSF providing medical and nutritional assistance for refugees and local people

Cases and hospitalizations plummet

All parties to the conflict in Mali must avoid harming civilians and health structures, the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced today. Civilians have been affected by armed conflict over the last few days in Konna and by bombings in Lere and Douentza, a town in the northeast of Mali's Mopti region. An MSF medical team is supporting medical activities in a hospital in Douentza.

Mobile clinics could help meet humanitarian needs

As bombings and combat continue in multiple locations in Mali, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on all parties to the conflict to authorize humanitarian organizations to enter the area of Konna and to allow aid to be provided in all areas affected by fighting.

Intense fighting occurred over the last week in central Mali – particularly in the town of Konna, as part of the ongoing violent conflict in the country between armed groups and government forces. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have been working throughout the area straddling the line between the north and south of the country, in Douentza and Mopti, for several months. Ibrahim Ahmed is in charge of these two medical projects. Here he describes the constraints that MSF teams face and provides an update on what is happening in this pivotal region.

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.

MSF au nord du Mali : interview du chef de mission by msf MSF's head of mission in Mali describes the projects in the north of the country (Interview in French). Interviewed on the 19 January 2013.