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In Benin, MSF works on reducing illness and deaths among pregnant women and new-born babies.

MSF returned to Benin in 2022 to address women’s health needs. In the département (region) of Couffo, in the country’s southwest, we provide sexual and reproductive healthcare in health centres and at the Klouékanmè, Toviklin et Lalo health zone hospital.

We provide consultations on contraception, and pre- and post-natal services. We also provide care to victims of sexual violence, and safe abortion and post-abortion care to people who request it. Our teams help women deliver their babies and provide care to new-borns.  

Our previous work in Benin included treating people with Buruli ulcer and providing HIV treatment; these activities we handed over in 2004 and 2005, respectively.

Our activities in 2022 in Benin

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022.

MSF in the Benin in 2022 After an absence of 17 years, Médecins Sans Frontières returned to Benin in 2022 to respond to gaps in healthcare caused by the deteriorating security situation in the north of the country.
Benin IAR map 2022

We opened a first project in the department of Couffo, in the southwest of the country, to improve access to sexual, reproductive, obstetric, maternal and neonatal healthcare. Our aim is to reduce illness and death among pregnant women and newborn babies, and provide better continuity of care between the community, health centres and the hospital in the Klouékanmè-Toviklin-Lalo health zone.

In October, our teams started to provide family planning consultations, midwifery, ante- and postnatal services, treatment for victims of sexual violence, and safe abortion care for women who requested it. In addition, we trained and supervised health staff, and upgraded infrastructure by constructing an air-conditioned warehouse at the hospital for the storage of medical equipment, and a water tower in a health centre to ensure access to safe water for patients.

We undertook two additional exploratory missions in 2022 with the aim of opening a new project in the northern part of the country, which has been prone to attacks from non-state armed groups for almost two years. 


In 2022
Maternal and neonatal health in Couffo

Limiting maternal and child loss in communities in Benin

Project Update 21 Nov 2023
MSF HIV Clinics in Kinshasa, DRC

HIV response in West and Central Africa will not succeed if key barriers remain unaddressed

Press Release 3 Jul 2017
Mediterranean migration

Alhassane Zaharia from Benin

Voices from the Field 15 Oct 2015