MSF closed its projects in Congo in 2013.

Activities  2013 International Activity Report


Key medical figures: 

  • 18,000 outpatient consultations

More than 36,000 refugees were repatriated from Congo to their home province of Équateur, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in April.

In 2009, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened an emergency programme to meet the medical needs of refugees and the host community in Bétou district, Likouala, by expanding and strengthening services in Bétou hospital and health centres in the area. Some 450 patients were admitted to the hospital per month, and between November 2012 and May 2013, 9,800 people were treated for malaria alone.

As many children were suffering from preventable diseases such as tetanus, polio and measles, 13 teams carried out a districtwide, door-to-door vaccination campaign between December 2012 and May 2013, providing 97,500 vaccinations. With the improvement of the security situation in DRC and subsequent repatriation, MSF closed the Bétou project in June. The team had also worked with health authorities to improve national control programmes against tuberculosis, HIV, leprosy and yaws.

Yaws treatment
Yaws is a contagious but treatable bacterial infection that causes skin lesions and can lead to disfigurement and disability. In the rainforest of northern Congo and in Bétou district, where yaws is endemic, MSF carried out a second round of treatment in April and May, targeting Aka pygmies in remote areas who had not received treatment in the first round.

Cholera emergency response
The cholera emergency response that began in Pointe-Noire in November 2012 was completed in May. In addition to opening a cholera treatment centre in Loandjili hospital and five rehydration centres, MSF trained medical staff and helped authorities implement preventive measures.

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MSF first worked in the country in 1997.

Finances  2013 International Financial Report

Concept In thousands of €
Programmes 1430
Indirect supply costs 23
Field-related expenses 1454
Locally hired staff 552
International staff 333
Operational running expenses 74
Medical and nutrition 224
Logistics and sanitation 43
Transport, freight and storage 182
Training and local support 2
Consultants and field support 14
Private and public institutional grants -
Others 8
Concept In thousands of €
Public institutional income -
Funding of field-related costs 1454
Private and other income 1454
ECHO and EU institutions -
EU governments -
Non-EU European governments -
North American governments -
Other governments -
UN institutions -
Staff information
Concept In full-time equivalents
Field positions -
National staff -
International staff -




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