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Why were we there?

  • Access to healthcare

Our Work

  • Over the years programmes to ensure access to healthcare for those most in need were implemented in four cities: Verviers, Liège, Brussels and Antwerp. In 2008, Médecins Sans Frontières provided more than 3,900 consultations for more than 1,000 patients in Antwerp.
  • In May 2009, the Antwerp programme was handed over to the organisation Medecins du Monde, which had already taken over the Médecins Sans Frontières project in Brussels in 2008.
  • In November 2009, after closing its healthcare programmes, Médecins Sans Frontières returned to set up a refugee camp in the centre of Brussels in order to highlight the political gridlock around the reception and accommodation of asylum seekers in Belgium.
  • The camp was meant to be a symbolic act and not intended to serve as an alternative to the accommodation provided by the government. However ,over the course of five days, more than 270 people stayed at the camp.


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Médecins Sans Frontières worked in Belgium from 1987 to 2009.