Mali has faced a political and security crisis since 2012 which has had a devastating impact on the humanitarian situation of people living in the conflict areas. Medical coordinator Patrick Irenge describes how this insecurity has created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and reviews MSF's emergency response, alongside the organisation's regular projects, to assist the most vulnerable people.
Recently, an upsurge in threats from armed groups operating between the borders of Mali and Niger has caused a new wave of displacement. More than 8,000 people have been forced to settle in improvised camps around the village of Kongokiré, Niger, where they live in appalling conditions, in a zone which is also considered as insecure.
MSF launched its first multi-antigen campaign in Mali, aiming to vaccinate 10,000 children against a variety of common illnesses.
MSF is deeply concerned that the emergency gap – that is the lack of sufficient humanitarian presence and quality response to populations most in need
The last three months of 2014 saw a increase in the number of security incidents involving aid and other international organisations in North Mali.
Idowy and her children were rescued on in the Mediterranean Sea by the MSF Bourbon Argos search and rescue vessel.
A suicide bomber attacked on Wednesday a camp of the United Nations mission in Mali in the outskirts of Ansongo town, killing three civilians and wounding 16 people, most of them UN peacekeepers.
Seïdina Ousseini has been a MSF field coordinator in Ansongo, for one year. He explains how MSF is struggling to provide medical assistance to Malians who are faced with a political crisis and insecurity.
The international response to Ebola in West Africa has so far been patchy and slow, and has left local people, national governments and NGOs to do most of the practical, hands-on work.