Responding to growing healthcare needs
MSF teams, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, are running mobile clinics in displacement sites and supporting existing health centres where people have sought shelter, including Toukra, Ngueli, Guilmey, Melezi, Digangali, Karkanjeri, Miskine, Walia-Hadjarai and Walia-Lycee camps. As well as basic healthcare, nutritional support and vaccinations, teams are providing water and sanitation services.
For the past few weeks, MSF teams have carried out more than 15,500 consultations, mainly for malaria, respiratory tract infections and diarrhoea. They have also transferred at least 80 patients to hospitals for specialist care and vaccinated 345 babies against common childhood diseases. Teams have also provided clean drinking water and essential relief items, including hygiene kits and malaria prevention kits, to displaced families.
Climate crisis in Chad
Since the start of 2022, Chad has witnessed extreme weather conditions related to the climate crisis which have caused severe droughts and erratic rainfall, affecting more than one million people across 18 of the country’s 23 regions, according to local health authorities.
“Looking at the situation in N’Djamena, in particular, we anticipate that the drastic consequences of the flooding will persist for weeks to come,” says Sami Al Subaihi, MSF Head of Mission in Chad. “While water levels are slowly receding, there are no indicators that the situation will improve anytime soon or that people can return to their homes. MSF’s emergency response is aimed at meeting people’s direct needs, but there is an urgent need to mobilise additional funding and long-term programming to allow for a sustained and proportionate response to this crisis.”
MSF in Chad
MSF has been working in Chad since 1981 and currently runs medical projects in several regions of the country in support of local health authorities.
In Moissala, in Mandoul region, MSF provides healthcare for women and children in hospitals, health centres and through community-based activities. In Massakoury, in Hadjer Lamis province, MSF runs a nutritional programme for women and children. In Toukra hospital in N’Djamena and in various outpatient nutrition centres, MSF provides treatment for acutely malnourished children. In Sila province, in eastern Chad, MSF is treating common illnesses through a community-led health project. In the town of Adré, in Ouaddaï region, close to the eastern border with Sudan, MSF is providing healthcare for children under 15 and responding to the needs of refugees. In Salamat region, in southeast Chad, MSF is running an inpatient therapeutic feeding centre (ITFC) in Am Timan hospital and in five outpatient nutrition centres. In N’Djamena, MSF has an emergency response unit which is ready to respond quickly to the consequences of conflict, natural disasters and disease outbreaks across the country.