Headline: Bosnia and Hercegovina: Coping with the effects of turmoil in the Balkans

  • International staff: 6
  • National staff: 38 The 1999 war in Kosovo caused a wave of refugees to flee to neighboring Bosnia. From summer 1999 through March 2000, MSF provided medical care in several camps for Kosovar refugees. In January 2000, two small health posts were opened for the Roma (Gypsy) population in Sarajevo, many of whom had fled from Serbia and Kosovo during the war. The clinics are located in Buca Potok and Vraca, two hilly areas above Sarajevo where many Roma live. Not just the recent war but the Bosnian war (1992-1995) has left its mark on the country, not least on the mental health of its inhabitants. From 1996 through July 2000, MSF helped people in the town of Gorazde who were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSDs). MSF set up a mental health center and trained Bosnian mental health professionals. The program is to be turned over to the local authorities by the end of 2000. In eastern Republika Srpska, a medicine distribution program begun in 1995 came to an end in late 1999, when responsibility for the drug supply was turned over to the government. MSF is continuing to monitor the medicine supply situation in the region. In Tuzla and Pale, in September 2000, MSF finished a training program for doctors and nurses specializing in family medicine. In October, a third and final family medicine training cycle will begin in Doboj.