A place of safety for refugees in Chad
Supporting refugees in Chad
450,000 refugees|Boko Haram|Strained health system
When the already dangerous conditions in Nigeria deteriorated in January this year, 47 year old Hadja decided to leave her hometown Baga, and made her way to find safety in Chad where she now lives in a refugee camp.
She felt safer at last, but suffered from eye pain, and she couldn’t see properly. That’s why Hadja decided to go to Dar Es Salaam health centre, where International Medical Corps are providing healthcare to refugees with support from the European Commission. Hadja was initially treated with eye drops and was then referred to Bagasola hospital for an ophthalmologist’s check. She was happy to find she soon began to recover.
When her 19 month old baby suffered from diarrhea and vomiting, Zenaba came to International Medical Corps for help. She was immediately admitted to our programme for infants with severe malnutrition, where her baby received expert care.
Over the next six months, Zenaba also received advice on hand washing and domestic hygiene practices, to prevent diarrhea and vomiting in the future, which can often lead to malnutrition in small children. Zenaba said: “I am so grateful for everything International Medical Corps did for me and my baby.”
A new baby
Mariam is 20 years old, and is a Nigerian refugee living in Dar Es Salaam refugee camp. She first visited the health centre in March 2015, when she suffered complications during pregnancy.
There she was seen by International Medical Corps’ doctors and midwifes, and received support and medical care.
Mariam is now healthy, and says that when the baby is due, she will deliver at the health centre because she will have better care and wants to give birth in good conditions.
Strengthening Chad’s healthcare system
Previous food crises, resource shortages and conflict within Chad have created large movements of people around the country putting strain on the health care system. In recent months thousands more refugees have arrived from Northern Nigeria, as people flee the militant group Boko Haram, causing an ever greater need for humanitarian assistance.
Over 450,000 refugees from neighbouring countries live in Chad, including more than 350,000 from Darfur. With the arrival of almost 8,000 Nigerian refugees in the last couple of months alone, International Medical Corps remains on the ground with support of the European Commission, working to strengthen local healthcare systems.