Activities  2015 International Activity Report

In 2015, MSF shifted its focus in Colombia away from conflict-related projects to providing mental healthcare.

As a result of peace talks, the conflict has decreased in intensity over the last year. The mobile clinics and health posts that MSF was running in the rural areas of Cauca Pacífico were wound down and the clinics finally closed in December. The mental health programme supporting victims of violence, including sexual violence, in Cauca Cordillera is set to close in mid-2016. An emergency response team has been established to intervene when needed in Nariño, Norte de Santander and Uraba. This team, and those of the projects, responded to 39 emergencies during the year, most of them between April and June due to conflict when the ceasefire between FARC and the government broke down.

Throughout the year, MSF teams in Tumaco municipality in Nariño offered mental health support to over 1,500 people who had suffered violence, and offered comprehensive care (medical care and mental health) to 240 victims of sexual violence.

In Buenaventura, where crime rates are very high, a centre offering free, around-the-clock telephone counselling for victims of violence, including sexual violence, was set up in February. Since then, 1,099 people have been assisted.

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1985.

2015 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 14,400
Individual and group mental health consultations 13,600
No. staff in 2015 105
2015 Expenditure €2.5 million

Figures from 2015 International Activity Report
and 2015 International Financial Report


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