This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.
In 2016, thousands of people in the Lake Chad region were forced to flee their homes as a result of violent clashes between Boko Haram and Chadian military forces. MSF ran mobile clinics from bases in Baga Sola, Bol, Liwa, and Kiskawa to provide basic health care and mental health support to displaced people and the local population, supported the health center in Tchoukoutalia, and offered mental health care to Nigerian refugees in Dar es Salam camp.
In Bol regional hospital, MSF collaborated with Ministry of Health staff on sexual and reproductive health, working in the maternity and pediatric wards as well as in the therapeutic feeding center. Teams assisted 409 deliveries, 81 of which were Caesarean sections, and provided nutritional support and pediatric care to over 1,000 children.
In Moïssala, MSF ran a prevention, detection, and treatment program for pediatric malaria that also included pregnant women. Around 2,300 children were admitted to Moïssala hospital’s malaria unit, and 43,000 children and 7,500 women were treated for malaria in MSF-supported health facilities in the district. Four rounds of seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) were administered in 2016, each reaching more than 110,000 children.
In Am Timan, MSF supported the hospital’s pediatric and maternity wards as well as the laboratory, and also managed the nutrition program and tuberculosis and HIV activities. MSF outreach teams worked at three health centers. In September, MSF’s Chad Emergency Response Unit responded to an outbreak of hepatitis E in Am Timan.
In 2016, 2,176 children were treated for severe malnutrition. For the first time, MSF started a malnutrition prevention project targeting nearly 30,000 children under the age of two in and around Bokoro. Mothers in 15 rural locations received food supplements along with soap and mosquito nets.