Sri Lanka


MSF closed its projects in Sri Lanka in 2012.

Activities  2012 International Activity Report

Key medical figures: 

  • 1,390 outpatient consultations
  • 120 individual and group mental health consultations
  • 210 patients admitted to hospital

Three years after the devastating civil war ended, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has handed over its last remaining activities in Sri Lanka

In Mullaitivu hospital, a team had been assisting in the provision of emergency care, surgery and gynaecological and obstetric services. Staff also held weekly mobile clinics at five sites, providing access to health services for isolated communities. These activities came to an end in June.

Mental health services handed over

Physical scars may have healed, but the mental health of those traumatised by war and distressed by resettlement still needs to be addressed. MSF mental health staff worked at the main district hospitals in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi as well as at other sites in the districts. Mobile teams travelled to more distant villages to offer care to people unable to travel.

MSF also developed community-based psychosocial services in schools. Before leaving Kilinochchi, staff provided training to 10 psychological support officers and 10 field assistants.

The Ministry of Health has committed to continuing the development of community-based psychosocial services. In late 2011, the ministry and the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists launched a media campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues and to increase access to expert medical care. MSF’s programme in Mullaitivu has been handed over to international non-governmental organisation World Vision, which has a long-term operational plan for the north of the country, while a local organisation has taken on activities in Kilinochchi.

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At the end of 2012, MSF had 73 staff in Sri Lanka. MSF first worked in the country in 1986.

Finances  2012 International Financial Report

Concept In thousands of €
Programmes 870
Indirect supply costs -
Field-related expenses 870
Locally hired staff 364
International staff 379
Operational running expenses 26
Medical and nutrition 17
Logistics and sanitation 12
Transport, freight and storage 5
Training and local support 52
Consultants and field support 15
Private and public institutional grants -
Others -
Concept In thousands of €
Public institutional income 30
Funding of field-related costs 870
Private and other income 840
Humanitarian Aid Office of the European Commission (ECHO) 30
ECHO and EU institutions 30
EU governments -
Non-EU European governments -
North American governments -
Other governments -
UN institutions -
Staff information
Concept In full-time equivalents
Field positions 73
Locally hired staff 65
International staff 8


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