MSF, Doctors Without Borders, Kenya, activities


We offer care to refugees, survivors of sexual violence and people who use drugs in Kenya, and respond to public health challenges such as HIV and COVID-19.

For over 30 years, our teams have been providing care to communities in and around the Dadaab refugee camp. In our 100-bed hospital in Dagahaley, part of the Dadaab refugee camp, our teams conduct outpatient consultations and admit patients to the hospital, including children with severe malnutrition.

In Kiambu, our clinic offers care for people who use drugs – who are often excluded from healthcare services. The Methadone Assisted Therapy (MAT) clinic aims to reduce the morbidity and mortality of people addicted to heroin. It caters for all healthcare needs including mental health and psychosocial support. 

Our activities in Kenya in 2021

Data and information from the International Activity Report in 2021.

MSF IN KENYA IN 2021 Doctors Without Borders (MSF) runs a range of services in Kenya, including treatment for chronic and infectious diseases, healthcare for refugees and drug users, and support for victims of violence
MSF, Doctors without borders, Map of Kenya

In Eastlands, a suburb of Nairobi, we set up a youth-friendly centre in a public facility to address the consequences of urban violence. In addition to medical, sexual and reproductive healthcare, and psychosocial support, the centre provides recreational and educational activities. Sexual violence clinics are integrated in four health centres in this violence-affected neigbourhood. We also run an emergency call centre and ambulance service.    

In Mombasa county, we started another programme aimed at marginalised youth and adolescents, offering comprehensive healthcare. 

Meanwhile, we continued to run comprehensive health services for drug users, including opioid substitution therapy and psychosocial support, at our one-stop clinic in Kiambu county. 

In June, as COVID-19 cases rose, we scaled up care in Homa Bay at the referral hospital’s isolation centre, and provided oxygen therapy to critically ill patients. Throughout the year, we continued to work on improving HIV care in the county. We also started to offer treatment for chronic diseases at two basic healthcare facilities.  

In 2021, a severe drought hit Kenya’s arid, northeastern counties. Our teams provided emergency care for severely malnourished children in Garissa, Marsabit and Wajir.  

At the end of the year, we also supported the health authorities to respond to an outbreak of kala azar in Tharaka Nithi county.  

We have been delivering healthcare in and around Dadaab camp for most of its 30-year existence. After the government announced its decision to close two refugee camps by June 2022, we called for sustainable solutions to ensure that refugees can lead a safe and dignified life. 

We handed over two of our projects to the health authorities in 2021: a sexual and reproductive healthcare project in Likoni and a chronic disease programme in Embu county. To ensure uninterrupted and affordable access to medicines, we helped set up two community-managed pharmacies. 

IN 2021

 Refugees from Somalia in Dadaab

Worsening humanitarian conditions in overcrowded Dadaab refugee camps

Press Release 25 Jan 2023
MSF, Doctors Without Borders, Kenya, Malnutrition crisis

Rising malnutrition cases in Marsabit, Kenya: Urgent support needed

Latest News 19 May 2022
The landscape of Dagahaley Camp is a community camp that has existed since 1990 in Kenya's territory.

Kenya: Urgent solutions needed for refugees as camps close

Press Release 6 Dec 2021
Hawa Hassan Bule, 35 years old, is with some of her children. She has lived in the Dagahaley refugee camp in since she was a child. 

Return is not a solution, say refugees in Dadaab after camp closure announcement

Latest News 18 Jun 2021
Nyakun Kuok and her family standing outside her house in Dagahaley camp
Internally Displaced People

Closing refugee camps cannot be the end point of Kenya’s solidarity

Patient and Staff Stories 20 Apr 2021
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Maintaining health services for Dadaab refugees while responding to COVID-19

Latest News 19 Jun 2020