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In 2016, MSF continued to offer care to refugees and slum dwellers and to respond to public health challenges such as HIV and access to hospital services.

The existence of the Dadaab refugee camps in northeastern Kenya, which have sheltered refugees for over 25 years, came under threat in May when the Kenyan government announced that they would close it by the end of the year, citing economic, security and environmental concerns. The closure would mean that the camps’ inhabitants would have to return to war-torn Somalia. MSF publicly opposed the decision, and in August carried out a survey in Dagahaley, one of the five camps that make up the complex. The survey showed that 86 per cent of people were unwilling to return to Somalia. In November, the government announced it would extend the deadline for closure until May 2017.

Throughout the year, MSF continued its work in the 100-bed hospital in Dagahaley, and at the two health posts. Teams carried out 162,653 outpatient consultations, and admitted 9,137 patients to the hospital, including 917 children with severe malnutrition. More than 3,000 babies were born in the hospital’s maternity ward.

In January, MSF launched a sexual and reproductive health project in Mrima health facility, in Mombasa. In partnership with the Mombasa County Department of Health, MSF aims to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in the area. In 2016, 1,473 births were assisted and more than 2,000 women attended antenatal consultations.

Teams continued to tackle a cholera outbreak that began in December 2014. By the end of 2016, a total of 16,511 cases had been reported nationally. MSF responded in 16 counties, supporting local authorities to set up cholera treatment centres, training staff, donating drugs and supplies, conducting health promotion activities and improving water and sanitation. A total of 4,712 cholera patients were treated. In Mandera, the cholera outbreak coincided with a simultaneous outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease chikungunya, placing additional strain on health services. MSF teams treated around 1,150 patients and distributed 2,800 mosquito nets.

Read more about MSF's activities in Kenya in 2016

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1987.


2016 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 298,000
Patients on first-line ARV treatment 17,600
Patients treated after incidents of sexual violence 2,000
Patients under treatment for TB 790
Surgical interventions 300
No. staff in 2016 792
Expenditure 2016 €24.0 million


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