In 2016, MSF began providing mental healthcare to victims of urban violence in Caracas.

In collaboration with the local organisation Fe y Alegría, MSF also offered comprehensive care for victims of sexual violence. The project started in mid-2016 in two of the city’s most dangerous neighbourhoods, Petare and La Vega.

In these areas, criminal gangs use violence – including robbery, murder, extortion and kidnapping – to gain territorial control. MSF psychologists provided 367 individual mental health consultations, and during these sessions, they detected and addressed 57 cases of sexual violence.

MSF teams seek to mitigate the consequences of violence on people’s mental health, by training community leaders and educators and organising psychosocial activities. These include classes and workshops on topics such as anxiety control, fear, psychological first aid and sexual violence prevention. This year, over 7,800 volunteers participated.

Read about MSF’s activities in other countries in 2016.

Year MSF first worked in the country: 2015.

2016 Key figures

Individual mental health consultations

No. staff in 2016 24
2016 Expenditure €1.9 million