Equatorial Guinea: MSF withdraws from the country

  • International staff: 3
  • National staff: 16 MSF closed its mission in Equatorial Guinea in October 1999, following systematic administrative difficulties and the government's abrogation of agreements that had ensured MSF's ability to act independently. MSF had been working in the country for about ten years. Prior to its departure, MSF was working in the district of Bata, providing health care to mothers and children from both rural and urban areas. In addition to giving direct care, MSF ran vaccination programs, improved water quality and constructed latrines.\ Another program - providing health education in schools - was arbitrarily cut short by the Ministry of Health. MSF is now lobbying European governments and multinational corporations which have close cooperation with Equatorial Guinea, in an effort to improve the human rights situation in the country.