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Background: 2012

This is an extract from our 2012 Activity Report, looking back on our work in the previous year. Prior to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia, MSF had pulled out of the country after more than two decades of operations.

After more than two decades in Liberia, in 2012 Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) handed over the last of its programmes to the Ministry of Health.

The final programme provided treatment and counselling for victims of sexual violence in Monrovia. Since this project began in 2010, major emphasis was placed on training Ministry of Health staff to carry out services.

Between January and July, 644 patients received treatment: 12 percent of them were under four-years-of-age, 38 percent were aged between five  and 12 years and 41 per cent between 13 and 18 years. Only nine percent were adults. After a gradual handover of responsibilities, MSF withdrew in July.

Emergency operations

MSF ran emergency operations in response to the 14 years of civil conflict that raged until 2004. Teams also provided emergency healthcare for refugees from conflicts in neighbouring countries and improved access to health services more generally through the set-up and management of hospital projects in the capital Monrovia, as well as in remote areas.

As the emergency phase has passed, one by one these projects have been handed over to the Ministry of Health or to organisations that can take the work forward with a long-term development approach.

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