Kenya: MSF calls for safe access to wounded by medical teams

In Kisumu, MSF treated 10 patients, including 2 with gunshot wounds, during election-related violence in Kenya.
An Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ambulance was attacked earlier today in Nairobi, Kenya. MSF teams have already provided care to 19 people wounded during poll-related violence.

MSF staff were harassed and an ambulance attacked in Mathare, Nairobi while picking up a patient.

“I call on all communities to provide and ensure unconditional and safe access to those affected and to medical teams, so that casualties are attended to in a timely manner,” said Abubakr Bakri, MSF’s head of mission in Kenya.

MSF teams have so far treated a total of 19 wounded: four at the MSF clinic in Eastlands, Nairobi; ten in Kisumu (including two people with gunshot wounds); and five in Homa Bay County (including two with gunshot wounds).

As skirmishes ensue in Kenya’s repeat poll, MSF has 12 emergency response teams to respond to any casualties: five in Eastlands and one in Kibera (Nairobi County); two in Kisumu County; two in Homa Bay County; one in Likoni (Mombasa County); and one in Garissa County.

In Kenya, MSF works in Homa Bay, Kisumu, Nairobi, Mombasa, Garissa and Embu counties.

MSF assists people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender and political affiliation.