MSF is working in remote villages along the coastline of Banda Aceh in the northern Sumatra province of Indonesia. June 2013.

Southeast Asia

MSF worked with migrants and refugees, including the Rohingya people, in locations across Southeast Asia.

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MSF provided mental healthcare to Rohingya refugees living in four camps in Banda Aceh. This included psychological sessions, which 1,244 people attended. When the number of consultations fell in late 2016, the team adopted a mobile strategy and worked from a base in the capital, Jakarta. Teams also carried out emergency interventions, donating hygiene kits after flashfloods in West Java, and providing psychological support to 2,529 people following an earthquake in Aceh.


In 2016, MSF worked with a Thai organisation to provide mental health support to migrant communities in detention facilities, as well as to victims of human trafficking in shelters and immigration detention centres in southern Thailand. Over 2,400 migrants took part in psychosocial sessions and, in 230 cases, the team provided individual and family counselling. Detainee numbers in immigration detention centres declined as the authorities eased pressure on smuggling networks, and the project closed at the end of 2016.


MSF supported partner NGOs in providing healthcare via mobile clinics to the Rohingyas and other migrant groups. In 2016, the team carried out 3,294 consultations and saw 236 pregnant women. More than 100 people in need of secondary and specialised healthcare were referred to public hospitals. MSF also addressed the protection needs of asylum seekers by making referrals to the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, on behalf of those who were not authorised to file applications directly. During the year, MSF identified and referred 253 cases.

No. staff in 2016: 20
Expenditure: €1.3 million

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