Why are we there?
- Armed conflict
- Endemic/epidemic disease
- Health care exclusion
This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:.
Amid overlapping health emergencies, MSF treated more than 23,000 children for severe malnutrition at a number of projects across the north. Teams also treated 5,180 children at nearly two dozen feeding centers in the Wadi Fira and Salamat regions.
MSF ran an emergency nutrition program in the Batha region’s Fitri district as well, while also screening for and treating malnutrition in 27 surrounding villages and providing routine vaccinations for children. And in June, MSF treated 3,800 children in feeding centers in the Hadjer Lamis region.
A team at Hadjer Lamis’ Massakory hospital provided emergency care for children younger than15 and treated children under five for severe malnutrition with complications. In addition, staff in six nearby health zones vaccinated more than 17,000 children against measles and treated 182 patients for meningitis. MSF also ran several meningitis vaccination campaigns and treated hundreds for the disease.
In the Mandoul region, MSF treated more than 62,000 for malaria and trained health workers to diagnose and respond to simple cases. Furthermore, between July and October, when prevalence increases, teams in Moissala district distributed antimalarial medicine to children, a preventative approach known as seasonal malaria chemoprevention that resulted in a 78 percent reduction in simple malaria cases over the next eight weeks.
Teams in Am Timan focused on treating malnutrition in children, providing reproductive health care and emergency obstetric care to women, treating HIV and tuberculosis (TB), and administering prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services for HIV. MSF also runs a women’s health village in Ouaddai region that tends to women who developed fistulas during labor. Working with the MOH, MSF also provided surgical and post-operative care to 166 women.
Some 20,000 refugees from the Central African Republic have lived for several years in camps in the Moyen-Chari region of Chad. Heavy rains caused flooding in the camps in October and the refugees had to be relocated.
MSF carried out 8,000 medical consultations, built 100 latrines and provided clean water and blankets, mosquito nets, water containers and soap to some 4,000 families.
At the end of 2012, MSF had 997 staff in Chad. MSF has worked in the country since 1981.
Hawa Youssef, 18-years-old, received surgery for an obstetric fistula
"I was in labor for two days and was transported from my hospital to N’Djamena, but it was too late; I had a bad delivery. Soon, I began to lose urine without being able to prevent it. I underwent two operations but continued to lose urine.
My parents were angry because the operations were so costly. An acquaintance recommended the women’s village in Abéché and after two attempts, my leaks have ceased. I’m happy to lead a normal life once again."