More than 300 people arrive each day in Nduta camp, originally designed for 50,000 people but now hosting over 65,000. New arrivals come by bus, first crossing the border point, then to transit camps and and then staying a few nights in the camp reception centre on arrival to Nduta. While they are being registered by UNHCR and before a family shelter is allocated to them, they live in overcrowded communal tents, facing poor hygiene and a high risk of malaria transmission.
New arrivals have to queue for hours in the reception centre to receive their daily meals. Some of these people have already been allocated a shelter, but have not received their refugee card and dry food rations. They have to come back every day to the reception centre to get a warm meal.
MSF is present at the reception centre to screen all new arrivals. “A lot of them arrive exhausted and in bad health condition. We do their medical check-up and send those in need to MSF clinics or refer them to the hospital. They also get vaccinated and pregnant women are scheduled for antenatal consultations.”
Medical teams have seen a big increase in the number of consultations, both at the reception centres and in MSF’s four health posts and hospital. The number of deliveries has risen as well. “When I arrived a few weeks ago, there were around five deliveries per day. Now we have around 12,” says Sally Parker, midwife.