In central Mali, where people displaced by the armed conflict have fled to, an MSF health worker educates them about the COVID-19 protective measures and hygiene routines they should follow in order to limit the spread of the virus. © MSF/Mohamed Dayfour

MSF is treating people injured in attacks in central Mali

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams treated eight people who were seriously injured in attacks on the villages of Bounty and Kikara, in central Mali, on Sunday, January 3, 2021.

After being informed by local residents that there were injured people in need of urgent medical care, MSF supported the local authorities by sending two vehicles to transport the injured to the Douentza referral health centre.

Eight people were treated at the Douentza referral health centre. The patients had gunshot wounds and injuries due to the explosions.

“The region of central Mali has become the deadliest in the country for the civilian population,” said Juan Carlos Cano, MSF’s Mali Country Representative. “This latest deterioration of the security situation is further complicating the already extremely limited access that thousands of Malians have to essential medical care.

Since 2017, MSF has been working in Douentza supporting departments of the referral health centre, such as emergency care, paediatrics, neonatology, emergency surgery and internal medicine. MSF also ensures the referral of patients from the community health centres to the referral health centre in Douentza, as well as transferring the most complicated cases to the hospital in Sévaré. MSF supports three community health centres in the districts of Boni, Hombori and Mondoro.