Conditions are so appalling the refugees recently went on strike, refusing even the limited assistance currently available to them.
MSF, together with some other organisations, are working to provide basic health care, water and sanitation facilities. However, the level of assistance is kept to a bare minimum as neither the authorities nor the UNHCR want this sensitive border area to become a camp.
But the basic and crowded conditions are highly conducive to a cholera outbreak. MSF is readying itself for this possibility by planning a cholera treatment centre in the vicinity.
Apart from assistance for the people in the 'waiting area', MSF staff - 6 expats and over 100 national staff - are providing basic health care, mother and child health, health education and measles vaccination in two of the five official campsite, Rhogani and Landee Karez, close to Chaman where a total of 71,000 registered refugees live.