Chad Measles Epidemic in the Shadow of COVID-19
Since 2015, thousands of people in the Lake Chad region have been forced to flee their homes as a result of violent clashes between armed groups and Chadian military forces.

Our teams provide medical care and assistance to displaced people and local communities, who often struggle with a lack of food, in the east and the south of the country.

We work to prevent or help mitigate the seasonal peaks of malnutrition and malaria among children, including across the Sahel region in Adre, on the border with Sudan, which is an area marked by violence and displacement.

We also improve healthcare for women and children, and work on preventing and responding to measles outbreaks.

An emergency response unit (CERU) in southern Chad is capable of delivering medical care in under 72 hours. The CERU responds to emergencies including measles outbreaks, influxes of refugees fleeing the Central African Republic, and intercommunal clashes.

Our activities in 2020 in Chad

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.

MSF in Chad in 2020 In Chad, our teams focused on tackling the measles outbreak that had been raging across the country since 2018, and responding to other health challenges such as malaria and malnutrition.
Map of MSF activities in 2020 in Chad

At the beginning of 2020, large swathes of the country were still gripped by the measles epidemic, especially the southern regions, which saw a sharp increase in cases. During the first quarter of the year, the Ministry of Public Health reported 7,412 suspected cases.  

In Beboto district, the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency response team supported local health authorities by providing treatment and vaccines. Our team learned that some families had lost three or four children to measles, and that many sick patients were not seeking care or using only traditional medicines. Consequently, we worked closely with community leaders to raise awareness about measles prevention and the free medical treatment available at MSF-supported health facilities. In Kyabé district, we ran a measles vaccination campaign and treated children suffering from other life-threatening diseases such as malaria and malnutrition. In Goundi district, we treated children affected by measles, but COVID-19-related restrictions prevented us from proceeding with a vaccination campaign.   

In the capital, N’Djamena, as in previous years, we supported the treatment of severely malnourished children during the ‘lean season’, between June and September.  In 2020, frequent  stock outs of ready-to-use therapeutic foods led us to donate supplies. 

In Moissala, our teams continued to work on improving access to all levels of medical services for women and children, from villages to hospital. We also conducted a large-scale seasonal malaria chemoprevention campaign to reduce the devastating effects of complications of the disease on children.  

To support the authorities’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we donated a central oxygen concentrator to Farcha referral hospital in N’Djamena to reinforce capacity to treat severely affected patients. We also provided medical and logistical support, ran health promotion sessions, and distributed masks and other items to help limit the spread of the virus.  

 

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