Telemedicine: 280 doctors for little Mohamed

“The great advantage of telemedicine is that our patients, despite being treated in places with limited resources, can access specialised care. Currently, widespread internet access in our projects helps bridge the gap between the level of care in the field and in large medical centres. In fact, it makes even more sense that we use telemedicine in these contexts because we have fewer diagnostic tools,” explains Kay Hodgetts, an Australian doctor, who has been working for a few weeks in an emergency intervention to assist displaced people and victims of violence in Leer, South Sudan.
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Latest info - October 2017: Children repeatedly abused by border authorities


Activities 

Since 2014, MSF has provided medical and psychological assistance channels for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Serbia.

Preševo

MSF teams were present in Miratovac to provide medical assistance to hundreds of people who walked across the border between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Serbia.

Šid

In Šid, MSF operated inside a transit centre next to the train station and set up eight large heated tents with a capacity for more than 2,000 people. Activities were handed over in March, as camp numbers had fallen and other organisations were meeting the needs there.

Subotica

From April to November 2016, MSF assisted people stranded in appalling conditions around Subotica. MSF carried out 7,407 medical consultations, and registered a steady and significant increase in various violence-related traumas. During 2016, MSF treated 82 people for dog bites, irritations from tear gas and pepper spray, or injuries from beatings inflicted on them as they attempted to cross the Serbian-Hungarian border.

Belgrade

Since 2014, MSF has provided basic medical and mental healthcare to people in reception and asylum facilities and operated mobile clinics. MSF conducted more than 18,000 consultations in 2016, and focused on providing services to undocumented migrants living in abandoned train depots, without access to healthcare.

Read about MSF’s activities in other countries in 2016

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1991.

2016 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 39,600
Group mental health consultations 3,700

individual mental health consultations

1,700
No. staff in 2016 8
2015 Expenditure €1.7 million

 

Latest info - May 2017: Departing Nyarugusu camp, MSF continues refugee response at nearby Nduta


Activities

MSF provides assistance to refugees living in overcrowded camps in Tanzania.

According to figures from the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, by the end of 2016 Tanzania was hosting approximately 280,000 refugees, mainly from Burundi. Due to ongoing unrest in the neighbouring country, people continued to pour across the border and by December over 10,000 were arriving each month. This put additional pressure on the already full and overstretched camps, and the humanitarian organisations working there struggled to provide adequate shelter, water and sanitation. Housing new arrivals in overcrowded and unhygienic communal shelters exacerbated the spread of diseases, particularly malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory tract infections.

To meet the increased demand for care, MSF expanded its services across the three camps – Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli. This included restructuring existing facilities in Nyarugusu and Nduta to respond to the huge number of patients suffering from malaria. In Mtendeli camp, MSF was supplying around 428,000 litres of water daily and providing community health surveillance until September 2016, when both these activities were handed over.

In September, in the aftermath of a severe earthquake near the northern town of Bukoba, MSF donated emergency medical supplies to help the local hospital treat the injured.

Nyarugusu refugee camp

MSF continued to support the intensive therapeutic feeding centre at the camp hospital, treating 175 patients before handing it over to the Tanzanian Red Cross in March. MSF’s mobile clinics, which conducted outpatient consultations and nutrition programmes, were also phased out. However, three mobile clinics aimed specifically at reducing infection and mortality from malaria were still deployed. A 40-bed stabilisation unit and a blood bank were also established. In 2016, MSF carried out 64,450 outpatient consultations, of which 46,380 were for malaria, and distributed 65,000 mosquito nets. Teams also conducted 24,550 mental health consultations and supported water and sanitation activities, distributing a total of 65.7 million litres of water by December.

Nduta refugee camp
MSF is the main healthcare provider in Nduta camp and the only organisation offering a full range of medical services, including reproductive healthcare, treatment for malnutrition and care for victims of sexual violence. In 2016, the team refurbished and expanded the 120-bed hospital, and ran five health posts, conducting medical screenings, vaccinations and referrals, and offering mental health support. Over the course of the year, staff carried out 186,345 outpatient consultations, assisted over 3,000 deliveries, and treated almost 44,260 people for malaria. In addition, they conducted health promotion and water and sanitation activities in the camp, distributing 41,973 mosquito nets and 70.4 million litres of water between January and October.

Read about MSF’s activities in other countries in 2016

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1993.

2016 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 254,000
Patients treated in feeding centres 390
No. staff in 2016 193
2016 Expenditure €9.9 million
 

 

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