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Refugees at Mbera camp in Mauritania’s desert


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MSF first worked in Mauritania in 1994 and handed over our projects in December 2018.

We provided medical care to Malian refugees and host communities in Mauritania.

Our teams provided medical assistance in Mbera camp, including ante- and postnatal care, family planning, obstetrics and neonatology, treatment for chronic and infectious diseases, and nutritional support.

We also provided care to local communities neighbouring the refugee camp, in the towns of Bassikounou and Fassala, and surrounding villages, including surgery and vaccination services.

The situation in parts of the country has become chronic, requiring a long-term response that focuses on the development of a sustainable public health system. For this reason, we decided to hand over our activities in Mauritania to the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) in December 2018.

In 2016
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