In April 2013, the UN Security Council established the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, (MINUSMA). The Swedish contingent of the force consists of an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance task force (ISR TF), a tactical airlift detachment and a national support unit. Approximately 310 persons from Sweden are participating. The ISR TF's mission is to support MINUSMA to achieve the Security Council mandate. The operating environment presented within Mali is complex and demanding. To provide the required level of medical care to deployed troops, Swedish Armed Forces (SwAF) established a Level 1+ Hospital (with surgical capabilities) in Mali as a key component in the patient care pathway.
In May 2017, SwAF selected International SOS to provide the core of the Damage Control Surgery (DCS) Team to integrate with its military clinicians operating the Level 1+. Iqarus is the International SOS Group's specialised unit dedicated to providing medical services in the most challenging of operating geographies. As such, it is Iqarus, enabled by the global resources available within the International SOS Group, that is responsible for all on-the-ground medical and operational delivery aspects in Mali.