'The Displaced Persons in Eastern Chad Urgently Need More Aid'

Accessing the wounded is difficult due to the continuous fighting.

A Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic in Kerfi, eastern Chad, was attacked on Tuesday July 8. Following the assault on patients, their families, and MSF staff, the organization has withdrawn most of its staff from the area and suspended its medical activities there. MSF is deeply concerned about the situation in Kerfi, especially for its patients, including 200 malnourished children who remain without adequate medical care.

In a new report launched today, the international medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said many more lives can be saved if new, effective strategies to tackle malaria are more widely implemented.

Since February 7, the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have been vaccinating tens of thousands of children against measles in the district of Abéché, in Chad. This emergency operation, to fight against an epidemic that has been ongoing for several weeks, is mobilizing significant human and logistical resources.

In 2008, MSF welcomed support from 80,000 individual Canadians who contributed directly to our efforts to bring life-saving medical care to those in need. In our annual report for 2008, you will find information on MSF projects funded thanks to this generous support, through detailed descriptions of our programs as well as our audited financial statements. As well, our general director and president share some of MSF’s biggest challenges and accomplishments from the past year.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) confirms that in the night of Aug. 4, 2009, one of the MSF compounds in Chad was robbed by armed assailants. After the robbery one international and one Chadian staff member were reported missing. Currently we have no knowledge about their whereabouts. MSF is in contact with the families of the staff members involved and with relevant local, national and international authorities.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reports the safe return of one of its staff members in Chad who went missing after the robbery of an MSF compound. We are deeply concerned that one international staff member remains missing and that we have no information about the whereabouts of our staff. In the interest of the safe resolution of this incident MSF is currently not in a position to provide further information.

An MSF compound in Adé, eastern Chad on the border to Sudan, had been robbed by armed assailants in the night of Aug. 4, 2009. One international and one national MSF staff member were reported missing. While the Chadian national colleague had returned safely on Friday, MSF is deeply concerned that the other international staff member is still missing. MSF has received confirmation from different sources in Chad and Sudan that the missing colleague is held by an unknown armed group. The information received is that the aid worker is in good health and treated well.

A Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff member, who went missing following an armed robbery at the MSF compound in Adé in the east of Chad, has been safely released.

The international staff member was set free unharmed following 29 days in captivity at an unknown location, held by an unidentified armed group.

“We are incredibly relieved that our colleague is safe and in good health and spirit,” said Hans van de Weerd, general director of MSF in the Netherlands.