Our work in Tanzania

Overcrowding in refugee camps exacerbates the spread of disease

Three mothers who delivered due to complications in Kibondo hospital are brought back to Nduta refugee camp. Medical staff will follow up with them here in the MSF hospital.
Tanzania 2019 © Pierre-Yves Bernard/MSF
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How MSF is fighting COVID-19 in Tanzania

MSF is the sole health care provider in Nduta refugee camp, which hosts some 70,000 Burundian refugees. More than 250 MSF staff have been trained on COVID-19 preparedness and response measures to respond to a potential outbreak.

In Nduta camp, our teams continue to organize simulation exercises to maintain rapid response capacity. We have triage structures in the four health posts, including 100 beds in the main hospital. Our community health educators in Nduta camp regularly sensitize the community on hygiene and best health practices. We also continue with temperature screening at the triage of the main camp gate and maintain handwashing points.

Learn more about how we are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in Tanzania.

What is happening in Tanzania?

Tanzania hosts more than half of all Burundians who fled their country after violence erupted in 2015. In 2019, they came under increasing pressure to return home.

Some 167,000 Burundians remain in Tanzania despite mounting pressure on them to leave. Towards the end of 2019, a meeting of the Tripartite Commission for the Voluntary Repatriation of Burundian Refugees in Tanzania, attended by representatives of the Burundian and Tanzanian governments and the UNHCR, its signatories, reiterated the commitment to ensuring returns are voluntary. Learn how you can best help in Tanzania and other countries. 

consultations in 2019
treated for malaria
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MSF projects in Tanzania

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The Burundian refugee situation remains largely forgotten and chronically underfunded in the three refugee camps in Tanzania’s northwestern Kigoma region. In 2019, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continued to provide basic and specialist health care in Nduta, the camp hosting the largest number of Burundian refugees. We run a 150-bed hospital and four health posts in the camp and organize health promotion activities. Our services, which are also open to host communities from surrounding villages, include mother and child care, nutritional support, and treatment for tuberculosis, HIV and non-communicable diseases. We also offer mental health care and treat victims of sexual and gender-based violence.

Mental health needs among refugees remain a key area of concern due to many compounding factors, which include the lack of access to basic services, fear of forced repatriation, limited mobility, and few livelihood opportunities.

MSF also continued prevention and vector control activities to curb the spread of malaria, which is endemic in the camp. Please donate to support our work in Tanzania and other countries around the world now.

In 2019, MSF renovated the operating theater and sterilization room in the nearby Kibondo district hospital, to ensure adequate surgical facilities for the referral of refugees.

We maintained our emergency response capacity. In addition to responding to a diarrhea outbreak in Nduta camp, we supported the Ministry of Health to control a cholera outbreak in Dar es-Salaam and improve preparedness for Ebola.