June 24, 2013

In eastern Chad, tens of thousands of refugees from Sudan and the Central African Republic, as well as Chadian returnees, are desperately in need of clean water, proper shelter and access to healthcare, said international medical aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The refugees and returnees have been fleeing violent clashes in neighbouring Darfur, Sudan, since early January.

May 31, 2013

As the rainy season begins in south eastern Chad, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is racing against time to assist tens of thousands of refugees and returnees who have fled clashes in neighbouring Darfur.

April 15, 2013

At present, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is treating the wounded in Tissi and referring the most serious cases to Goz Beida or Abéché. At the same time, teams are trying to contend with an outbreak of measles in a nearby area. “In Saraf Bourgou only, our team has confirmed 35 cases of measles, which represents 25 per cent of consultations,” says Alexandre Morhain, MSF’s head of mission in Chad. “The disease has already killed seven children, five of whom were under five years old.” MSF, in collaboration with the Chadian Ministry of Public Health, will soon launch an emergency measles vaccination campaign covering the whole Tissi area and will also treat severe acute malnutrition cases and pediatric emergencies.

"It is really disgusting to attack an old man like that." Salamatou, the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse, does not seek to hide her indignation as she administers first aid to Yakoub, stretched out on the consultation table. His fingers are attached by nothing more than a piece of raw flesh and he has a deep, elongated wound on the side of his head. "The tendons have been damaged; I am not sure if we will be able to save his hand," says a concerned David, the doctor.

In the last four days, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treated 106 wounded in one of the Chadian capital’s hospitals. An additional 500 wounded civilians were admitted into the two main hospitals of N’djamena (Liberté Hospital and the General Hospital) since fighting started over the weekend. On Tuesday, MSF visited these two hospitals, but hundreds of wounded had fled the city either heading towards the south of N’djamena, to Cameroon, or to Nigeria, and only 100 out of the 500 wounded remain.

On the morning of Thursday 01 February 2007, a rebel group attacked the city of Adré, in eastern Chad, near the Sudan border. Many people were wounded during the confrontations with the government army and were treated by an MSF surgical team at the Adré hospital. Fighting between the rebels and government forces occurred in the city, including around the hospital. A piece of shrapnel even passed through one of the hospital gates. Heavy weapons were used during fighting in the center of the city, which lasted for nearly three hours.

One koro of millet to feed 13 mouths

Emergency physician Geneviève Côté of Québec City talks to radio host Paul Houde about her experiences working with MSF in Central African Republic and Chad [available in French only]. ( Courtesy of "Puisqu'il faut se lever" on 98.5 FM in Montréal. )

MSF urges aid agencies to step up assistance for displaced people

Thousands of people have to choose between going back to N’Djamena and settling in a refugee camp.