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Why were we There?

  • Access to healthcare

Our Work

  • Despite authorities’ efforts at reforms, recommended by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry after the violence of 2011, many people are still not seeking medical care in public hospitals. 
  • Médecins Sans Frontières had sought to assist people unable to access medical attention, but its first aid post was closed in July 2011. A Médecins Sans Frontières team remained in the country until March 2012, aware that hundreds of people were still not going to public hospitals for treatment.
  • In March 2012, staff members were refused entry to the country, and activities had to be suspended. 
  • In May, Médecins Sans Frontières held a mental health workshop in Dubai, attended by medical professionals from the Bahraini government and opposition. Médecins Sans Frontières personnel were allowed into the country from June 2012, but negotiations to launch activities failed. The organisation's principal concerns are comprehensive mental healthcare and patients’ access to services. 


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Médecins Sans Frontières started working in the country in 2011 till early 2012.