United Republic of Tanzania

The MSF maternity ward in Nduta camp, Tanzania, where MSF is the only medical actor.
TANZANIA 2016 © Louise Annaud/MSF
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This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) expanded its services across three refugee camps in Tanzania in response to a massive influx of refugees from neighboring Burundi. Newly arrived refugees were often forced to stay in overcrowded and unhygienic communal shelters, which contributed to the spread of disease.

In Nyarugusu refugee camp, MSF supported the intensive feeding center at the camp hospital, treating 175 patients before handing it over to the Tanzanian Red Cross in March. MSF deployed three mobile clinics aimed at reducing infection and mortality from malaria and also established a 40-bed stabilization unit and blood bank. MSF carried out 64,450 outpatient consultations—46,380 for malaria—and distributed 65,000 mosquito nets. Teams conducted 24,550 mental health consultations and supported water and sanitation activities.

In Nduta refugee camp, MSF was the main health care provider and the only organization offering a full range of medical services, including reproductive health care, treatment for malnutrition, and care for survivors of sexual violence. MSF refurbished and expanded the 120-bed hospital and ran five health posts. Staff carried out 186,345 outpatient consultations, assisted in more than 3,000 deliveries, and treated almost 44,260 people for malaria. They distributed 41,973 mosquito nets and provided 70.4 million liters of water over 10 months.

In Mtendeli camp, MSF supplied around 428,000 liters of water daily and ran community health surveillance until September.

In the aftermath of a severe earthquake near the northern town of Bukoba in September, MSF donated emergency medical supplies to the local hospital.