MSF has worked in Somalia since 1991.
Since January 2008 MSF's projects in South and Central Somalia have been run by dedicated Somali staff, supported by international staff based in Nairobi who visits whenever security allows. The commitment, hard work and bravery of these Somali staff meant that MSF was able to continue providing health care to hundreds of thousands of Somalis throughout 2008.
In 2008 MSF teams provided 727,428 outpatient consultations, including 267,168 for children under five. Over 55,000 women received antenatal care consultations and more than 24,000 people were admitted as inpatients to MSF supported hospitals and health clinics. 3,878 surgeries were performed, 1,249 of which were injuries caused by violence. Medical teams treated 1,036 people suffering from the deadly neglected disease kala azar, more than 4,000 for malaria and started 1,556 people on tuberculosis treatment. Nearly 35,000 people suffering from malnutrition were provided with food and medical care and 82,174 vaccinations were given.