After Two Weeks of Fighting, MSF Continues to Work in Nothern Mali
Two weeks after military operations began in northern Mali, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to work in the regions of Mopti, Gao, and Timbuktu. In addition, on the morning of January 24, a small MSF medical team managed to reach Konna, a town located 70 kilometers north of Mopti, in the pivotal area between Mali’s northern and southern sectors, where there has been intense fighting over the past week. Furthermore, nearly 6,000 new Malian refugees were registered in Mauritania, Niger, and Burkina Faso.
Questions of Access
A four-person MSF medical team composed of two doctors and two nurses left Mopti early on January 24 and managed to reach Konna later that morning. For the last several days MSF unsuccessfully sought authorization to enter the town.
Now that access has been permitted, the team is assessing the medical and humanitarian needs in the area. They also visited the Konna health center, finding upon their arrival that there were no medical staff members or patients in the town’s health care facilities. MSF team members therefore began providing primary health care consultations and organized mobile clinics to address the health needs of people in the area. In the coming days, as the assessments continue, MSF will be able to provide additional support to the Konna health center.