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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization that provides independent aid in Mexico and 74 countries.


Institutional and structural violence, and violence linked to criminal organizations that operate in a significant part of Mexican territory, has serious humanitarian consequences for the civilian population.

In Mexico, MSF provides assistance to populations victims of Other Situations of Violence (OSV) by providing medical, psychological and social care in the states of Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Tabasco, and operates a Comprehensive Care Center for victims of torture, cruel inhuman treatment and degrading located in Mexico City.

During 2020, MSF teams worked in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic to offer care to people who needed it in the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tabasco, Mexico City (shelters) and in Baja California.

MSF on the Route of Migrants and Refugees

MSF works to improve access to medical and psychological care along the migration route, prioritizing assistance to the most vulnerable migrant and refugee population: unaccompanied minors, women traveling alone and victims of direct violence. In addition to ensuring a quality medical service in the intervention areas, we offer promotion, prevention and mental health care services.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams are addressing the medical and psychological needs of victims of direct and indirect violence. MSF programs and teams support Migrants and Refugees within shelters along the route, currently offering services in Tenosique (Tabasco), Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz), and Reynosa, Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo (Tamaulipas). The activities include medical assistance, sexual and reproductive health services and mental health care, for which we have a psychological attention line.

For the most serious cases of people who are victims of extreme violence, torture, inhuman, cruel and degrading treatment, MSF offers multidisciplinary, medical, mental health and social work care, through its Comprehensive Attention Center (CAI), located in the Mexico City, which manages specialized medical services aimed at guaranteeing comprehensive care that allows the complete rehabilitation of patients.

In 2020 we carry out distributions of Kits and emergency interventions. The center for attention to victims of torture and extreme violence has expanded its target population and is currently serving both migrants and Mexican citizens.

As part of the current situation, a COVID-19 Hub was created within the project, which aims to provide advice to shelters located in various states of the Republic, so that they can open their doors and serve the migrant population, taking the necessary measures to avoid contagion by COVID-19 within its facilities.

Some figures of the project in 2020

• 9,779 medical consultations

• 129 prenatal checkups

• 189 care for survivors of sexual violence

• 1,279 mental health consultations

• 3,089 individual and family psychological support / counseling / counseling and first aid (PAP) sessions

• 4,044 people benefited from mental health services in psycho-stimulation, psychoeducational activities, discussion and confidence building, recreational activities and community mobilization, training and other activities

• 10,212 people who participated in Social Work talks

This material was translated from Spanish using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

Last updated: December 16, 2021 · Charity ID: 425

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