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In 2016, thousands of people in the Lake Chad region were forced to flee their homes as a result of violent clashes between the armed group Boko Haram and Chadian military forces.

MSF teams run mobile clinics from their bases in Baga Sola, Bol, Liwa and Kiskawa, providing basic healthcare and mental health support to displaced people and the local population. Most of the medical conditions they treat are linked to the precarious living conditions and poor sanitation. MSF also supports the health centre in Tchoukoutalia and offers mental healthcare to Nigerian refugees in Dar es Salam camp.

Protecting the lives of women and children

In Bol regional hospital, MSF teams collaborate with Ministry of Health staff on sexual and reproductive health, working in the maternity and paediatric wards as well as in the therapeutic feeding centre. An important focus of the activities is on obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatal care. In 2016, teams assisted 409 deliveries, 81 of which were caesarean sections, and provided nutritional support and paediatric care to over 1,000 children.

In Moissala, Mandoul region, MSF runs a prevention, detection and treatment programme for paediatric malaria that also includes pregnant women Around 2,300 children were admitted to Moissala hospital‘s malaria unit, while 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, reaching more than 110,000 children each time. The team also gave catch-up vaccinations to children who had not received their routine jabs. During the malaria peak in the autumn, MSF organised spraying activities to reduce the spread of the disease.

Read more about MSF's activities in Chad in 2016.

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1981.

2016 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 141,100
Patients treated for malaria 60,600
patients treated in feeding centres 21,300

births assisted

No. staff in 2016 571
2016 Expenditure €22.7 million


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