It is 9am on Sunday, December 8, when the first patient of the day arrives at the MSF hospital.She is a 29-year-old woman with gunshot wounds. Her hands are swollen and bloody. The teams—doctors, nurses and stretcher-bearers—attend to her immediately. "Bandits ordered her to put her hands together before shooting her twice," a nurse says. The X-ray reveals a double fracture on each hand.
The hospital admissions criteria are strict and it admits only patients who need emergency trauma care. "We want to focus on patients who need lifesaving care, because we do not have unlimited capacity, and we want to mobilize our resources for the most important cases," says Jean-Fabrice Pietri, MSF project coordinator.