History of MSF in India

In Assam, doctors from MSF’s malaria control programme walk from house to house to identify people suffering from malaria. © Henk Braam


  • Government of India awards MSF the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development

  • MSF establishes an office in India
  • MSF receives the Nobel Peace Prize and a letter of appreciation from the President of India
  • MSF starts Tuberculosis (TB) treatment programme in Mumbai
  • MSF responds to cyclone in Orissa

  • MSF helps the victims of the earthquake in Gujarat
  • MSF starts mental healthcare programme in Jammu and Kashmir
  • MSF receives approval from the Union Home Ministry and state authorities to implement a project in Assam

  • MSF receives approval from the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme and the Manipur state government to implement malaria control activities in Manipur
  • MSF responds to tsunami in Tamil Nadu
  • MSF responds to the serious flooding in Khagaria district, Bihar

  • MSF’s Access Campaign sets up office in India
  • MSF signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Manipur AIDS Control Society to implement an HIV treatment programme
  • MSF responds to July 2005 flooding in Mumbai and in Kurla, MSF provides emergency medical care and tests water to make sure that it is safe to drink
  • MSF intervenes in ethnic clashes in Karbi Anglong district of Assam, supports 14,000 displaced people
  • MSF intervenes in the Jammu and Kashmir earthquake of October 9, 2005, supports 25,000 individuals and distributes 2,500 shelter kits

  • MSF receives approval from Dantewada authorities in Chhattisgarh to support displaced population
  • MSF starts HIV/AIDS treatment programme in Mumbai
  • MSF India establishes a trust with the name Medecins Sans Frontieres Holland India

  • MSF signs a Memorandum of Understandng (MoU) with the Bihar State Health Society to implement a kala azar treatment project
  • MSF starts medical activities in Andhra Pradesh for people on the Chhattisgarh border affected by the conflict
  • MSF intervenes in the floods in Darbhanga district, Bihar
  • MSF hands over its projects (related to treatment of malaria) in Assam to the Ministry of Health and advocates for change of the malaria treatment protocol to Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT)

  • MSF receives a certificate of recognition from the Vaishali district authorities in Bihar for kala azar treatment
  • MSF intervenes in the Kosi river floods in Bihar
  • MSF intervenes in the flood situation in Puri district, Orissa
  • MSF gets approval from the district and state authorities in Darbhanga district, Bihar, to commence a medical treatment programme for children aged 6 to 59 months suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM)

  • MSF intervenes in the floods in Andhra Pradesh, the Cyclone Aila in West Bengal and assists the Government of India to fight the meningitus outbreak in Meghalaya and Tripura
  • MSF shifts operational activities from Dantewada district to Bijapur district. MSF starts Mother and Child Health Centre (MCHC) in Bijapur town
  • MSF starts treatment of drug-resistant Tuberculosis (DR-TB) in Mumbai and Manipur

  • MSF signs a three-year MoU with the Nagaland government to manage the government district hospital in Mon Providing primary and secondary care
  • MSF responds to flash floods in Leh, Ladakh, and distributes Non Food Items (NFI) kits and provides mental health support for victims

  • MSF starts treatment of HIV and drug-resistant TB co-infections in Moreh, Manipur 
  • MSF responds to the population displaced by violence in Assam with distribution of NFI kits
  • MSF launches partnership with Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) in its Kala Azar programme, Vaishali, Bihar
  • MSF’s Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme in Darbhanga district surpasses 10,000 children treated, and expands after recognition from the state government
  • As a result of MSF’s advocacy efforts, the Bihar State Health Minister inaugurates March 15 as Kala Azar Day
  • MSF consolidates its presence in India by opening an institutional office in New Delhi that support MSF fields’ activites through the recruitment of volunteers, the collection of funds and raising awareness in the country
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