This city of 100,000 inhabitants was the cradle of “Arab Spring”, which caused numerous deaths and injuries in 2011. With an unemployment rate of 40% and a governorate known for being one of the most underprivileged in the country, Kasserine neither disposes of the adequate means for maintaining its hospital facilities nor for the proper care of the population.
In this regional hospital, the Chief of the Maternity Department told us that “1,700 deliveries by Cesarean section and 800 gynecological operations are performed each year, yet there is no Intensive Care Unit”. There are only two or three surgeons by specialization per 500,000 inhabitants in the region. “In order to be cared for”, a professor relates, “you have to go to Sfax, the closest city, some 200 km away”. (Source: Le Figaro)