- The urban population, and migrants passing through Mexico en route to the United States, are at risk of kidnapping, extortion, physical and mental abuse, and death.
- In 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières continued to provide migrants with basic and mental healthcare, hospital referrals and follow-up of emergency cases.
- Teams carried out medical consultations mental health consultations in Ixtepec, Apaxco, Lechería, Huehuetoca, Bojay and Tierra Blanca.
- Médecins Sans Frontières also started offering mental health support to people subjected to extreme violence in Colonia Jardín, Acapulco; the city with the highest homicide rate in Mexico.
Improving emergency care in Tamaulipas state
- People living in Tamaulipas state have been exposed to extreme, drug-related violence for more than a decade. The general hospital in Nuevo Laredo – the only place in the city where free, good-quality medical care is available to the vulnerable population– is overwhelmed by the number of patients.
- Médecins Sans Frontières worked with health authorities to improve emergency care by implementing 24-hour triage, expanding the emergency room, training staff, donating equipment and drugs, and standardising treatments.
- There were significant improvements in patient care and in October Médecins Sans Frontières replicated the project in Reynosa, Río Bravo and Valle Hermoso.
- Mental health and sexual violence care were introduced in Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa in late 2014.
Integrating Chagas treatment
- This year Médecins Sans Frontières collaborated with health authorities to implement a comprehensive response to Chagas disease in the healthcare facility in San Pedro de Pochutla municipality, Oaxaca state.
- Education, preventive measures and treatment were all available, with Médecins Sans Frontières providing technical support and training.
- Five health centres in the area have been trained to provide treatment for Chagas disease.
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Médecins Sans Frontières first began work in the country in 1985 and at the end of 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières had 84 staff in Mexico.