Migrants in the City of Coatzacoalcos
Every year, an estimated 500,000 people flee violence and poverty in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala and enter Mexico with the hope of reaching the United States.

In Mexico, these people are systematically exposed to further episodes of violence. We have teams working on Mexico’s southern and northern borders, and at various key locations in between, offering medical, psychological and social support to migrants and refugees along the perilous migration route from Central America to the United States.

Our projects also assist vulnerable local communities and victims of violence, including sexual violence, in Guerrero state and in the border city of Reynosa.

MSF teams are currently responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico.

Our activities in 2020 in Mexico

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.

MSF in Mexico in 2020 MSF responded to the COVID-19 pandemic across Mexico, supporting treatment and infection prevention in health facilities and centres for migrants and victims of violence.
Map of MSF activities in 2020 in Mexico

In 2020, MSF organised a range of COVID-19 emergency responses in Mexico, which had one of the world’s highest number of deaths from the virus. In May, we began working in a hospital extension unit at Los Zonkeys stadium in Tijuana, Baja California, where patients with mild and moderate COVID-19 symptoms received treatment. In June, we handed the facility back to the health authorities. We also cared for patients with mild to severe COVID-19 in two dedicated centres set up in the campuses of Reynosa and Matamoros universities. These activities ended on 1 October.

We adopted a mobile strategy focused on supporting infection prevention and control. Our teams visited nine states to evaluate 46 health facilities, train medical personnel and implement staff and patient flow routes. Another COVID-19 team provided technical support and training in 40 shelters along the migration route.

In addition, our teams conducted medical, psychological and social work consultations to assist migrants trapped at the northern border. We worked in all the migrant shelters in Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Matamoros, including an improvised asylum seekers camp. In Reynosa, we also continued to assist victims of violence and, in Guerrero, visited communities without access to health services due to pervasive violence. In the south, our teams continued caring for migrants through mobile clinics. In February, we published the report No Way Out on the damaging health impact of US-Mexico migration policies.

In Mexico City, we run a specialised centre offering medical and mental healthcare for migrants who have been victims of torture or extreme violence in their countries of origin or on their journeys.


In 2020
Reynosa Mexico Caring for migrants and deportees_ENG

Reynosa, Mexico: Caring for migrants and deportees

The situation in Reynosa, through the eyes of MSF and the people we assist

MSF has worked in Reynosa since 2017 treating victims of violence in the city, and more recently providing mental and medical care to migrants and deportees

Forced to leave their home countries because of gang violence and poverty, people on the move are increasingly prevented from reaching the US to ask for asylum.

Instead, they find themselves trapped at the border in areas of rampant violence, waiting to cross in deplorable humanitarian conditions.

Our teams have documented a pattern of violent displacement, persecution, sexual violence and forced repatriation. It’s a violence that starts in the country of origin and is replicated along their journeys through Mexico.

Access to mental healthcare/ "I am not a criminal" (ENG)

"I'm not a criminal"

"I'm not a criminal"

"I fled Honduras because the gangs wanted to recruit me and I refused."

The story of 17-year-old José* is representative of many of the young patients we care for in our projects in Tegucigalpa and Choloma, in Honduras, and Reynosa, Mexico.

Chagas. Oaxaca, Mexico.

Chagas diagnosis and treatment a reality in Oaxaca state

Press Release 2 Oct 2014

Forced migrants in Mexico

Project Update 4 Aug 2014
Central American Migration

Central American insomnia

Project Update 4 Aug 2014
01Mexico migration june 2014

58 per cent of migrants treated by MSF suffered violence

Press Release 2 Jul 2014
Migrants in Mexico

Testimonies of violations, abuses and problems accessing health services

Voices from the Field 12 May 2014
Migrants in Mexico (MSB8410)

“Violence is ever present throughout their journey, that may last up to two months”

Voices from the Field 12 May 2014
MSF Chagas project in Aiquile, Bolivia

Agreement between MSF and state government will help prevent Chagas disease

Press Release 14 Mar 2014
Urban Survivors - Tegucigalpa
Social violence and exclusion

The medical consequences of violence

Project Update 11 Dec 2012

Suffering because of trade?

Project Update 12 Sep 2003

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