MSF Dr Ikram Gargouri with Banessi Abdessalem,35 years old, from Egypt

MSF handed over its projects in Tunisia to other organisations in October 2017.

Violent clashes in Libya in early 2011 forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave the country, many across the Tunisian border.

In the town of Dehiba, just a few kilometres from the border, MSF set up a stabilisation centre, caring for people who had been injured in the conflict. We also ran mobile clinics in Dehiba, Remada and Tataouine, offering medical and psychological support to refugees, and began offering mental health services in Shousha refugee camp and two other transit camps in the area.

From 2012 to late 2017, we offered primary healthcare and mental health support through a facility in Zarzis, a coastal town in southeast Tunisia. In 2016, medical activities were expanded to cover migrants and other vulnerable communities in Sfax, a large city 280 kilometres north of Zarzis. Another team provided medical assistance to people remaining in Choucha camp, near the Libyan border, until their forced eviction in June 2017.

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