MSF activities in Sri Lanka

MSF has been present in Sri Lanka since 1986, giving assistance to the civilian population and victims of the armed conflict.

Currently, MSF is running projects in the Jaffna Teaching Hospital (JTH) providing two paediatricians and a midwife, and will assist in the laboratory of JTH.

In Kyats and Chavakachcheri, MSF runs paediatric clinics.

In Point Pedro, there is a surgical team comprising a surgeon, anaesthetist, Operating Theatre nurse and medical doctor as, at present, there are no fully qualified doctors in Point Pedro Hospital.

In Vavuniya, MSF provides a surgeon and is conducting an evaluation to improve surgical care in Vavuniya Hospital.

In Madhu, a doctor, midwife, nurse and logistician provide care to assist the displaced population of Madhu and Tatchanamadhu and ensure referral of patients to Vavuniya or other hospitals.

In Murunkan Hospital, MSF has a doctor and nurse to improve the quality of care in the hospital and a logistician to improve the basic facilities of the hospital - notably in hygiene and sterilisation. Mobile clinics are also carried out in remote areas of Mannar District.

In Batticaloa, there is a surgical assistance project with two surgeons and an Operating Theatre nurse to provide rehabilitation of the operation theatre and a mobile team which conducts clinics in government and LTTE controlled areas of the district with difficult access to existing health structures.

In Mallavi, MSF provides surgical, paediatric and obstetric/gynaecology services with the provision of a surgeon, anaesthetist, paediatrician, obstetrician, nurse and logistician.

In Puthukkudiyiruppu, MSF works in ante-natal and well-baby clinics to support community health staff with an MSF doctor and nurse.

In total MSF teams in Sri Lanka are composed of 46 expatriates and 140 Sri Lankan national staff.