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November 21, 2016

I arrived in Bokoro, Chad, three months ago. It’s my first posting with [Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières] MSF, and I was so excited to finally get here. I have always wanted to work for MSF. This is my small contribution to make the world a better place. I knew Chad was going to be dry and hot and that there are very high levels of malnutrition here.

November 21, 2016

Zara Abba is in Bokoro from the capital of Chad, N’djamena. She has been at MSF’s intensive care unit in Bokoro town for four days, caring for her granddaughter, Katalma Moussa, who is two years old. Zara Abba was visiting Bokoro to pay her respects to a family member who'd died when her granddaughter fell ill.

“She hadn’t put much weight on for a while and then she started to get diarrhea and her health got even worse. I had been taking her out for walks and to play with the other children, but since she started getting diarrhea, she didn’t have any energy and I couldn’t do that anymore. She was always hungry and crying and it was like the milk we were giving her wasn’t enough. I looked after her for seven days at home but after that knew I had to get her to a clinic.”

November 21, 2016

This year, in villages across the Bokoro region, in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH), MSF is running 15 mobile outpatient clinics for malnourished children aged between six months and five years old. In Bokoro town, MSF has an Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre in an MoH Hospital, with an intensive care unit where the sickest children are referred. For the first time, MSF is also working in the area ahead of time in order to identify and try to prevent children at risk of malnutrition from falling ill.

December 07, 2015

A triple suicide attack that took place on the island of Koulfa in the Lake Chad area of Chad last Saturday morning has reportedly killed 30 people and wounded up to 200. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams present in the area have immediately mobilized to provide support to the Chadian Ministry of Health.

November 27, 2015

Since May 2013, violent insurgencies by the Boko Haram extremist group have led to widespread displacement and an escalating humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region of northern central Africa.

November 27, 2015

The Lake Chad region has become an epicentre of violence, with continued attacks by the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) group, also known as Boko Haram. Government military operations in response are also contributing to mass displacement across the region. To date, over 2.5 million people have been made homeless as a result of violence in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is scaling up its medical and humanitarian response in the four countries.

November 18, 2015

The international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treated 60 injured people at its trauma centre in Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi, on Monday after grenades exploded in several of the city’s neighbourhoods.

October 16, 2015

Today is World Food Day. With international attention focused on the displacement crisis in the Lake Chad area of western Chad, where tens of thousands of people continue to seek refuge from Boko Haram violence, another chronic emergency also continues. Chad is in the grip of a malnutrition crisis – not just in the Lake region and not for the first time. There are estimates that some 3.4 million people lack reliable access to food, with 495,000 children across the country at risk of acute malnutrition.

October 02, 2015

MSF emergency physician, Ignace Adah, provided healthcare for vulnerable patients in Burundi after an attempted coup d'état caused political violence and unrest in the country.

August 26, 2015

Violent clashes between police and protesters in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, over the past four months have seen hundreds injured and some 185,000 people seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. While mass protests against President Nkurunziza’s third-term electoral bid have now died down, the city remains tense and the nights are punctuated by sporadic violence.

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