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Press Release | April 26, 2013
Violent clashes in Sudan's Darfur region have driven tens of thousands of people across the border into Chad, where a lack of food, water, shelter, and basic services is developing into a humanitarian crisis.
Field News | April 11, 2013
An additional 10,000 refugees fleeing violence in Sudan have arrived in Chad's already-crowded Tissi area.
Voice from the Field | October 25, 2012
MSF doctor Kalyani Gomathinayagam discusses the situation in Biltine, Chad, where MSF is working to nurse acutely malnourished children back to health.
Field News | October 25, 2012
The harvest is almost in, but MSF continues to admit new patients to its emergency feeding program in eastern Chad.
Field News | September 24, 2012
Dr. Estrella Lasry reflects on a new strategy for treating malaria, a disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people every year.
Press Release | September 24, 2012
A large-scale malaria prevention program appears to be drastically reducing the number of new cases of the disease among young children during peak transmission season.
Field News | July 18, 2012
MSF nutrition experts Susan Shepherd and Stéphane Doyon discuss the need for long-term solutions to malnutrition in Africa's Sahel region.
Voice from the Field | May 29, 2012
Emma Augustine Zoba, an MSF medical team leader in Chad, discusses the growing malnutrition crisis in the country and MSF's widening response efforts.
Voice from the Field | May 23, 2012
As a food crisis spreads and malnutrition levels continue to rise, MSF is expanding the number of emergency malnutrition treatment programs it is operating in the country.
Voice from the Field | May 9, 2012
Trained with the aid of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Dr. Valentin Vadandi is one of the few experts in obstetric fistula surgery in the world.
Field News | May 3, 2012
Food and water shortages in Chad are exacerbating malnutrition and contributing to the spread of deadly diseases like measles and meningitis.
Field News | April 30, 2012
This update details MSF's recent activities in Africa's Sahel region, where widespread malnutrition and water shortages are exacerbating the outbreaks of diseases like meningitis.
Press Release | March 28, 2012
Severe acute malnutrition in parts of Chad has reached emergency levels, requiring immediate life-saving interventions.
Voice from the Field | February 29, 2012
In December 2011, MSF nurse Marja Scholten coordinated a vaccination campaign in the African country of Chad to prevent meningitis.
Field News | January 10, 2012
The cholera epidemic that struck Chad in 2011 was the largest in the last 15 years. MSF responded by treating more than 12,700 patients, or around 75 percent of all cases reported in the country.
Alert Article | November 1, 2011
Not long ago, it was tempting to think the battle against measles was being won. Stepped-up vaccination campaigns had driven the number of reported cases down to 32,000 in 2007, according to the World Health Organization, the lowest ever recorded. Over the past three years, however, there has been a resurgence.
Press Release | September 12, 2011
As the Measles Initiative meets in Washington, D.C., MSF is calling for an effective outbreak response mechanism to be established immediately to deal with the rising numbers of severe outbreaks worldwide.
Field News | March 1, 2011
Obstetric fistulas are one of the most serious consequences of obstructed labor. An estimated 2 million women in developing countries are living with fistulas, many on the margins of society.
Field News | November 11, 2010
Nearly 5,000 cases of cholera have been registered in Chad since an outbreak hit the country in August.
Field News | October 1, 2010
Instead of reviving the dry landscape and arid fields, torrential rains washed away many of the newly planted crops in parts of Chad.
Field News | September 27, 2010
MSF has set up treatment centers in response to cholera outbreaks in Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.
Research Article | August 16, 2010
Field News | August 12, 2010
Intense floods have hit parts of Chad, a country already enduring a severe malnuturition crisis.
Field News | June 17, 2010
Press Release | June 14, 2010
Geneva/New York, June 14, 2010 – People living in the Sahelian belt of Chad are facing one of the worst nutrition crises in recent years. The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for a faster and larger deployment of humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations, particularly children under the age of five.
Field News | June 13, 2010
The food situation is serious throughout the Chadian Sahel strip as a result of two years of drought, swarms of locusts, a lack of drinking water and no access to care.
Research Article | November 26, 2009
Field News | September 1, 2009
A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff member, who went missing following an armed robbery at the MSF compound in Adé in the east of Chad, has been safely released. The international staff member was set free unharmed following 29 days in captivity at an unknown location, held by an unidentified armed group.
Voice from the Field | June 4, 2009
Since I started with MSF, women’s reproductive health programs have grown in priority. This makes sense in light of high maternal mortality rates in the contexts where MSF works. With much more information and evidence available, I think we are doing a better job of providing “best practices” within our projects.
Field News | May 15, 2009
During the last four months, MSF teams in cooperation with the national health officials have been moving quickly, following the epidemic trend, to help treat tens of thousands of patients and to proceed swiftly on a massive vaccination campaign for 7.5 million people.
Field News | April 29, 2009
More than 1,900 people affected by meningitis have died since the beginning of this year in an area of sub-Saharan Africa known as the meningitis belt. In Nigeria, Niger and Chad alone, MSF medical teams have treated more than 56,000 sick patients. The organization is currently vaccinating a total population of more than seven million in the three countries, the biggest vaccination campaign MSF has ever carried out.
Field News | April 17, 2009
Several countries in West Africa are facing a major meningitis epidemic. In Nigeria, this is the worst meningitis epidemic the country has experienced since 1996.
Voice from the Field | April 2, 2009
Following an outbreak in eastern Chad, MSF is currently vaccinating children between six months and 15 years against measles. As a nurse, Lenny Krommenhoek was part of this vaccination team for five weeks. Following her recent return, she wrote about the enormous logistical challenges she faced during her mission and her very personal experience in this remote part of the world.
Field News | March 2, 2009
On February 18, 2009, MSF started a massive measles vaccination campaign in the district of Adré in Eastern Chad, along the Sudan border. MSF teams have up to today vaccinated 19,000 children against measles.
Field News | February 12, 2009
MSF has mobilized significant human and logistical resources to fight an ongoing measles epidemic in the district of Abéché, Chad.
Alert Article | November 24, 2008
In 2007 a group of 11 women suffering from vesico-vaginal (VVF) fistulas approached MSF nurse Esther Moring and her medical team in eastern Chad, asking for treatment. In order to help those women and countless others with fistulas in eastern Chad, Moring and an MSF team initiated a pilot fistula surgery program. Here, Moring describes what fistulas are and why starting this project was so important.
Field News | October 2, 2008
This weekend, two Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) health facilities in Adé and Goz Beïda in eastern Chad were robbed by armed men. MSF teams have been evacuated and the project activities at these locations have been suspended indefinitely, leaving 70,000 people without access to life-saving health services. The incidents this weekend, along with additional armed robberies on two other NGOs, and the hijacking of a UN vehicle, mark a peak in the number of attacks against humanitarian organizations over the last six months. MSF will review how it will be possible to return to full operations in eastern Chad.
Special Report | September 30, 2008
In a new report launched today, MSF said many more lives can be saved if newer effective strategies to tackle malaria are more widely implemented. The report, titled "Full Prescription; better malaria treatment for more people, MSF’s experience,"describes the organization’s work in Sierra Leone, Chad and Mali, and shows that unnecessary deaths can be avoided with simple, affordable treatment and diagnostic tools available today.
Field News | August 6, 2008
On Sunday, August 3, three children from an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp were severely wounded by an unexploded ordnance device (UXO) they found near an airstrip in Gozbeida, Chad. All three children were brought to the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital, where they are now stable and remain under MSF care.
Alert Article | July 21, 2008
The conflict that began five years ago as a battle between Sudan’s government and two Darfuri rebel groups has developed into a far more complex disaster. While the large-scale, destructive attacks that marked the first few years of fighting are no longer frequent, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sees a different kind of emergency developing. Continue Reading »
DARFUR EMERGENCY TIMELINE
Explore MSF's response to the conflict in Darfur from 2003 to August 2008 through photos and links to MSF stories.
Field News | June 24, 2008
In mid-June, a fresh flare-up of armed conflict between government and rebel forces affected several villages and towns along Chad's eastern border region. MSF teams responded in several areas by providing emergency medical aid to the wounded.
Field News | June 17, 2008
On Saturday, June 14, fighting erupted in and around Goz Beida, a small town in eastern Chad, where a team is based to provide assistance to about 10,000 displaced people in nearby Gassire camp. MSF Head of Mission Karline Klejer describes what happened.
Alert Article | April 4, 2008
Photojournalist Spencer Platt traveled to Central African Republic in December 2007 to photograph MSF’s activities there.
Alert Article | April 4, 2008
During the week of January 27, reports surfaced of rebel forces advancing on the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, to oust the president. In preparation, MSF quickly transferred its surgical staff.
Field News | March 17, 2008
In February, bombings and attacks on villages in parts of West Darfur, Sudan, led to an influx of thousands of refugees into the Birak region of eastern Chad. MSF teams have been providing assistance by distributing essential relief items to the refugees and administering nutrient-fortified, ready-to-use foods (RUF) to prevent and treat malnutrition. As a new wave of refugees arrives in Birak from the Jebel Moon region in Darfur, MSF is distributing an additional round of relief items, setting up mobile medical clinics, and organizing a measles vaccination campaign alongside another distribution of RUF.
Field News | February 23, 2008
Stuck in a highly volatile security context, Sudanese refugees who have recently arrived just over the border in Birak, Chad, are in an extremely worrying situation. With ongoing combat a few kilometers away from their settlement, the lives of the refugees and those who remain in targeted areas in Darfur, are still at risk.
Field News | February 15, 2008
While many people have already returned to N'Djamena, further aid is reaching the thousands of refugees that still remain in the border town of Kousseri, in Cameroon. This week, MSF carried out a measles vaccination campaign and distributed relief items to thousands of people at two sites. MSF continues to offer free medical care to refugees and two surgical teams are still working in Kousseri and N'Djamena.
Research Article | February 14, 2008
Field News | February 12, 2008
One week after the fighting ended, things are slowly getting back to normal in N'Djamena. The streets are starting to fill again, even if many shops in the town center remain closed. In the hospitals too, the worst of the crisis has passed. While a good number of people have returned to N'Djamena, thousands of families do not yet dare to go home, and continue to survive in precarious conditions across the border in Cameroon.
Field News | February 8, 2008
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to provide medical assistance to civilians affected by recent fighting in N'Djamena, Chad's capital city, as well as to refugees who have fled the combat to Cameroon, and displaced populations in the east of the country.
Field News | February 6, 2008
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to provide medical assistance to civilians affected by recent fighting in N'Djamena, Chad's capital city, as well as refugees who have fled the combat to Cameroon, and displaced populations in the east of the country.
Field News | February 4, 2008
MSF treated 70 wounded in N'Djamena, the Chad capital, over the weekend, but many hundreds of other wounded are reported to be in other hospitals in the city. Over the weekend, access to hospitals was limited due to the ongoing fighting. MSF has been unable to access the other hospitals as the roads are blocked by the masses of people fleeing from the city.
Field News | February 3, 2008
Since fighting broke out in the Chadian capital N'Djamena on February 2, Doctors Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has treated 50 wounded people referred by the Chadian Red Cross to the hospital where MSF is working. Most of the wounded are civilians, suffering from bullet wounds. According to the Chadian Red Cross about 200 wounded people in total have been referred to various hospitals in the past 48 hours. Continuous fighting is making it very hard to access the injured and take them to medical structures.
Field News | November 29, 2007
On Saturday night, a group of armed men broke into the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) compound in Koukou, a town which lies 180 kilometers (110 miles) south of Abeche in eastern Chad. The armed men used their weapons to threaten the MSF team, and hit them. Shots were also fired into the air. The assailants stole the money from the safe, took telecommunications material and the MSF car, which they used to flee.
Press Release | June 8, 2007
New York, June 8, 2007 – While Darfur remains the focus of intense political discussions surrounding the establishment of humanitarian corridors from Chad–of little relation to the reality on the ground—150,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are caught up in a growing humanitarian crisis in Chad itself, the medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. Although a recent MSF survey has confirmed an emergency situation, assistance is still largely insufficient and MSF is confronting numerous obstacles to increasing its activities inside Chad.
Field News | May 31, 2007
The conflict under way in the Dar Sila region of Chad has forced more than 150,000 people to flee their villages. Displaced persons are living under extremely precarious conditions, and the risk of an acute emergency developing in the coming months is high.
Research Article | April 1, 2007
Press Release | March 2, 2007
New York/Berlin, March 3, 2007 — As the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to provide medical care, drinking water, and relief goods to over 60,000 displaced persons in southeastern Chad, it urges other aid agencies to do more.
Field News | February 7, 2007
Since early 2006, attacks on civilians in southeastern Chad have resulted in the displacement of more than 100,000 Chadians. About 40,000 of them fled their homes in November and December alone when violence peaked.
Field News | February 2, 2007
On the morning of Thursday, February 1, a rebel group attacked the city of Adré, in eastern Chad, near the Sudan border. Many people were wounded during the confrontations with the government army and were treated by a surgical team of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at the Adré hospital.
Field News | February 2, 2007
A plough lies in the shade of the straw hut and is a reminder of the time when M. Abdulai was still a farmer. Agriculture didn't make him rich. Everything that is harvested in Chad's dry south-eastern region is stored in large clay pots and has to suffice for the rest of the year. But at least Abdulai could still feed his family of 13.
Research Article | January 2, 2007
Field News | December 18, 2006
The team has just brought Yakoub in by car to the small hospital set up by MSF at Dogdoré, a village of 3,000 inhabitants less than 30 km from the Sudanese border. It was the technician working at the pumping station set up by MSF in the nearby wadi—river—who drew attention to the incident. "Assailants arrived and hit the old man several times while he was working in his field," says Ousmane. "This morning, we heard that they had also kidnapped seven young girls near the river. They came back in the evening and set about the old man."
Field News | December 18, 2006
One Saturday morning, Ibrahim arrives at the MSF hospital at Dogdoré, just over thirty kilometers from the Sudanese border, with a bullet wound in his shoulder. The medical team give him the necessary treatment, dressing the wound and putting his arm in a sling, and Ibrahim explains that he has come from the village of Angoussa, which was attacked by armed men the previous day. He is worried, not about himself, but about his brother, who is seriously wounded and could not make it as far as Dogdoré.
Field News | December 18, 2006
The UN and main international aid organizations have drastically reduced their programs in eastern Chad. It is the Sudanese refugees from Darfur who will suffer from this decision, as well as the internally displaced Chadians who have fled the violence of various armed groups. Despite difficult security conditions, MSF is maintaining its assistance programs.
Field News | December 18, 2006
Internally displaced Chadians who have benefited from only minimal assistance now face even fewer opportunities to obtain aid. Despite the difficult security conditions, MSF is strengthening its aid program throughout eastern Chad on behalf of refugees, residents and displaced persons.
Field News | December 6, 2006
As humanitarian organizations pull out, MSF is worried about the people who need assistance in Chad
Field News | November 21, 2006
MSF is concerned about the fate of 5,000 displaced Chadians who fled an attack on the Koloye site, in the eastern part of the country, and have disappeared in the area even as violence expands in the region. That number included 37 Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) employees.
Field News | November 20, 2006
A new wave of violence has hit civilians in remote eastern Chad not far from its increasingly tense border with Sudan's Darfur region. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in the regional town of Goz Beida are seeing several thousands of displaced people arriving from villages further south.
Press Release | November 17, 2006
Paris, November 17, 2006 — MSF concerned about the fate of 5,000 displaced persons and 37 staff members who are missing as violence intensifies and spreads throughout the region.
Press Release | June 16, 2006
West Darfur, Sudan/New York, June 16, 2006 – More than 10,000 people have fled violence in southeastern Chad and have crossed the border to take refuge in Darfur, Sudan, according to the international humanitarian aid agency Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Press Release | April 14, 2006
N'Djamena/Brussels, April 14, 2006 – Since yesterday afternoon, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been treating heavily wounded civilians after widespread violence in Chad reached the capital city, N'Djamena. So far, surgical teams have supported the treatment of more than 60 people in the Hopital General de Reference National (HGNR), the main reference hospital in the country.
Field News | March 6, 2006
Since late January, people have been streaming from Chad into Sudan's western region of Darfur, which is still gripped by violence and instability. More than 7,000 people fleeing violence and looting in Chad have taken refuge in a small village north of El Geneina, the capital of western Darfur. In this area neglected by aid organizations, MSF is providing them with assistance.
Field News | February 16, 2006
The region to the east of Chad–on the border with Sudan–is undergoing a period of sustained instability. In December, clashes between government forces and Chadian rebel groups broke out in and around the city of Adre. Since then regular attacks by the Chad rebels or armed fighters have targeted villages on both sides.
Field News | May 24, 2005
After having vaccinated more than 40,000 children in the Bousso district, 186 miles south of N'Djamena, MSF medical teams have now joined their colleagues in the capital of Chad.
Press Release | April 28, 2005
April 28, 2005, N’Djamena/New York - A measles epidemic has hit at least three provinces in Southern and Eastern Chad, as well as the capital, N’Djamena. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has started to provide emergency assistance by treating patients with measles, continuing assessments, and carrying out vaccination campaigns.
Press Release | January 28, 2005
Abeche, Chad, 28 January 2005 - The international medical humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is launching a meningitis vaccination campaign in eastern Chad, following a recent outbreak among refugees from Sudan's Darfur region. The campaign is aimed at protecting thousands of people in the area from the highly infectious disease, which is particularly threatening in the overcrowded camps.
Voice from the Field | November 10, 2004
For several weeks, Dr. Kai Braker was the medical coordinator for the two camps in Forchana and Breidjing. He speaks about the after-effects of displacement and the wounds that will not heal.
Field News | August 31, 2004
The cholera epidemic that emerged around mid-June in Chad is still raging, with more than 2,000 people infected, including 100 deaths.
Press Release | May 11, 2004
New York/Ndjamena, May 11, 2004 - Hunger and disease are severely endangering the lives of tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees in Chad, according to the international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today. Malnutrition is rising, camps are overcrowded, food and water are scarce, and many people remain at risk from violent cross-border attacks by Sudanese militia. The refugees have fled extreme violence and massacres in the Darfur region of western Sudan, where a massive mobilization of humanitarian aid is also urgently needed.
Press Release | January 29, 2004
Tine, Chad, January 29, 2004 - Civilians were killed and injured today when bombs hit the town of Tine, Chad, on the border with Sudan. According to volunteers working in Tine for the international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the aerial bombardment, carried out by Sudanese planes, occurred at 8 am local time.
Press Release | December 17, 2003
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Press Release | March 18, 2003
Field News | August 31, 1998