MSF calls on warring parties in Mali to respect civilian healthcare

International humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières called on warring parties in Mali on Wednesday to respect civilian populations by allowing them to access medical facilities.

After deadly clashes between soldiers and armed groups in Timbuktu, Mali, on March 30 and March 31, Médecins Sans Frontières teams working in the city's hospital treated 21 wounded people, including 11 civilians. Two of the patients died following the attacks.

MSF said residents have reportedly died from their injuries because of the inability to reach health facilities due to the fighting. For more than a year, MSF teams provided medical care, such as surgery, to patients and wounded individuals connected with all parties of the Mali conflict. In the last few months, MSF admitted approximately 40 patients and performed an average of 15 operations weekly at the Timbuktu facility.

MSF is also treating malaria and malnutrition in four district health centers and at the Niafounké Hospital. MSF is addressing medical needs connected to the conflict in Northern Mali in Konna, Douentza, Ansongo, Gao and Boré. The organization is also working with Malian refugees in Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.

In the Koutiala district in Southern Mali, MSF is providing pediatric care in a hospital and five treatment centers.