2 January 2014

Africa: MSF Drastically Reduces Medical Activities At Bangui Airport Following Two Days of Violence

press release

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has had to drastically reduce its medical activities in Bangui airport, Central African Republic, following two days of shooting close to MSF's clinic at the airport which has resulted in two young children being killed and 40 wounded arriving at MSF's clinic .

MSF is now operating at the airport camp with a reduced emergency team, treating only the most severe cases and providing emergency referrals to other structures. MSF has on average been carrying out 500 consultations, performed 100 dressings, and assisted 7 deliveries at the airport each day,

MSF has also had to suspend plans for expanding its activities at the airport camp, including opening up two new health posts, and carrying out measles vaccinations and nutritional support.

MSF is the only medical provider at the camp, where 100,000 displaced people are residing.

Security at the airport needs to be improved in order for MSF to be able to fully resume its activities. MSF continues its other activities in Bangui in two hospitals and two other camps for displaced people.

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