Emergency intervention for storm Amanda in San Salvador

El Salvador

MSF closed our last projects in El Salvador in 2021.

The murder rate in El Salvador, once the world’s highest, is falling. Yet there are still many forms of violence in the country.

Violence between rival gangs and their clashes with security forces means people struggle to access healthcare.

MSF previously worked in the capital, San Salvador, and the nearby city of Soyapango. Our teams also responded to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the country. 

In 2021, we handed over our projects in El Salvador, having reached our objective of strengthening access to healthcare for communities affected by violence.

Our activities in 2021 in El Salvador

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021.

MSF in El Salvador in 2021 In 2021, we handed over our projects in El Salvador, having reached our objective of strengthening access to healthcare for communities affected by violence.
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Since March 2018, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) had been providing free medical care to 11 marginalised communities in the capital, San Salvador, and the nearby city of Soyapango, through weekly clinics. A remote consultation service was subsequently added to the programme. MSF collaborated with local health units, which will ensure continuity of care for these communities after our departure. 

In the same year, MSF began running an ambulance service in collaboration with SEM – a national ambulance service. We initially covered the municipality of Soyapango and then extended the service to Ilopango in June 2019. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we started to cover the municipalities of San Martín, Tonacatepeque and Ciudad Delgado as well, to relieve pressure on SEM. More than 6,390 patients benefited from this 24-hour ambulance service, and SEM has confirmed that it will continue to operate after our withdrawal. 

MSF regularly supported the Salvadoran Institute for the Development of Women with training on sexual violence, and worked to raise awareness of the need to treat it as a medical emergency. In addition, our staff assisted people who were victims of violence and in need of protection. Moving forward, MSF believes that public institutions need to adopt policies that prioritise medical care and protection for victims of violence. 
 

in 2021
 
Increase in deaths Soyapango and San Salvador3
El Salvador

People are dying at home amid collapsing health system in El Salvador

Project Update 9 Jul 2020
 
Emergency intervention for storm Amanda in San Salvador
El Salvador

Tropical Storm Amanda is “the last straw” for families in El Salvador amid COVID-19

Project Update 11 Jun 2020
 
NUEVO LAREDO, NOT A SAFE PLACE
Central American Migration

Report: No way out - The humanitarian crisis for Central American migrants and asylum seekers

Report 11 Feb 2020
 
 MSF on the migration route to Mexico
El Salvador

El Salvador is not a safe country for refugees or asylum seekers

Press Release 26 Sep 2019
 
PERALTA INTERVENTION
El Salvador

La Peralta: a community organised by health

Project Update 27 Jun 2019
 
MSF PRESENCE IN RED ZONES OF SAN SALVADOR ALLOWS HEALTH OFFICIALS TO RESTART ACTIVITIES
El Salvador

Behind the wheel – driving ambulances in El Salvador’s red zones

Voices from the Field 7 Jun 2019