Ethiopia: Latest MSF Updates

MSF continued to fill health care gaps, respond to emergencies, and provide care for the growing refugee population.

In Wardher hospital and other health facilities in Doolo Zone’s Danod and Yucub districts, MSF teams provided both inpatient and outpatient services, including primary and reproductive health care and treatment for malnutrition and tuberculosis. MSF also worked in 10 outreach clinics and donated drugs and medical supplies. In partnership with the Regional Health Bureau, MSF treated around 45,000 patients.

In Liben Zone’s Dolo Ado, MSF provided Somali refugees and the host community with basic health care, nutritional support, and routine immunizations. MSF also managed three health posts in Buramino and Hiloweyn camps and worked in the health center in Dolo Ado town. MSF also worked at the local district hospital of Fik, in the central Somali Region. And in Degehabur, MSF provided maternal health services and expanded the hospital. Mobile clinics offered basic health care as well.

In Gambella Region, MSF provided basic and secondary health services for South Sudanese refugees and local communities in collaboration with the government and UNHCR and ran a regular mobile clinic for refugees at the entry point of Pagak. In 2016, MSF offered basic medical assistance to 264,000 refugees and local residents and treated 87,000 patients for malaria in these locations. MSF also donated much-needed supplies to Gambella Hospital and supported the surgical ward.

In Amhara Region, MSF provided treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis), including for patients co-infected with HIV and/or tuberculosis; efforts so far have resulted in a significant decrease in transmission and infection rates. Teams also treated snakebites and supported emergency referrals. 

In collaboration with Ethiopian authorities, MSF provided mental health care for some 6,200 Eritrean refugees in Shimelba and Hitsats camps in Tigray Region and ran a psychiatric care center and a secondary health care facility. In Aseko, nearly 4,800 children with moderate acute malnutrition received supplementary food, and 160 with severe acute malnutrition were referred to therapeutic feeding programs. In Babile, MSF supported local health teams to screen and treat around 300 malnourished children.

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