Refugees at Mbera camp in Mauritania’s desert


We provide medical care to Malian refugees and host communities in Mauritania, and in the last three months of 2016 saw the biggest influx of refugees since 2013.

Thousands of Malians are still living in Mbera camp in southeast Mauritania, following the conflict in 2013 which forced them to flee across the border. Despite the peace process, violent attacks by armed groups and bandits have dissuaded them from returning home.

According to data from UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, there were 52,000 refugees in the camp at the end of 2017, with more than 4,000 new arrivals during the year.

We provide basic and emergency healthcare, as well as gynaecological and obstetric services, for the refugees in the camp and the host communities in nearby Bassikounou and Fassala. We also started offering mental health support in 2017.

In 2018
Mbera Camp - Vaccination Campaign

MSF Mbéra health programmes handed over to ALIMA

Project Update 14 Jan 2019
Refugees at Mbera camp in Mauritania’s desert

Malian refugees at risk of increased malnutrition following cancelled food distributions

Press Release 2 Jul 2015
Refugees Camp  Mbera Mauritania 2013

Interview with Frederic Manantsoa Lai, MSF Head of Mission in Mauritania’s Mbera refugee camp

Voices from the Field 12 May 2014
Basic Health units and mobile clinics for displaced people in Peshawar district
Women's health

International Women's Day 2014: Forced to Flee

Voices from the Field 7 Mar 2014

More effort underway for Malian refugees

Interview 25 Jul 2013

Stranded in the desert

Report 13 Apr 2013