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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.

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.

Mali: MSF Calls for Access to Konna
As bombings and combat continue in multiple locations in Mali, 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.
MSF has been in contact with Mali’s civilian and military authorities since January 14, as well as with the French army and government, in an effort to obtain authorization to send medical teams to Konna. To date, access roads to this town in central Mali remain closed by the Malian army.
“Despite our repeated requests, the authorities continue to refuse to grant us access to the area of Konna,” said Malik Allaouna, MSF operations director. “It is critical that neutral, impartial medical and humanitarian aid be allowed into the areas affected by fighting. We call on all parties to the conflict to respect both the civilian populations and the work of humanitarian organizations.”

Mali: MSF Calls for Access to Konna

As bombings and combat continue in multiple locations in Mali, 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.

MSF has been in contact with Mali’s civilian and military authorities since January 14, as well as with the French army and government, in an effort to obtain authorization to send medical teams to Konna. To date, access roads to this town in central Mali remain closed by the Malian army.

“Despite our repeated requests, the authorities continue to refuse to grant us access to the area of Konna,” said Malik Allaouna, MSF operations director. “It is critical that neutral, impartial medical and humanitarian aid be allowed into the areas affected by fighting. We call on all parties to the conflict to respect both the civilian populations and the work of humanitarian organizations.”