Tanzania, Nduta: Health-post, General Consultation


We provide assistance to Burundian refugees living in Nduta camp in the north-west of Kigoma region in Tanzania.

Currently, Tanzania hosts around 238,000 refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from neighbouring Burundi. Since February 2021, MSF’s support has focused on specialised and secondary healthcare with the aim of improving the quality of care for refugees and Tanzanian host communities. 

MSF has also responded to several emergencies in the country including floods. 

Our activities in 2020 in Tanzania

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.

MSF in Tanzania in 2020 The focus of MSF activities in Tanzania is providing healthcare for Burundian refugees and local communities in Kigoma region.
Tanzania Activities 2020

After violence erupted in Burundi in 2015, thousands of people fled into Tanzania. In 2020, some 20,000 returned home, but more than 147,000 are still living there in camps, as they do not believe that they would be safe in their country. Restrictions on movement outside the camps prevent them from seeking work, forcing them to rely solely on ever-dwindling humanitarian assistance. The refugee response in Tanzania is one of the most chronically underfunded in the world.  

MSF remains the main healthcare provider in Nduta camp, one of three camps hosting refugees in Kigoma. Four health posts linked to a hospital help to cover the medical needs of nearly 70,000 refugees in the camp and around 20,000 people from surrounding villages.  

MSF teams offer health services for women and children, including care and counselling for victims of sexual and gender-based violence, as well as mental health consultations and treatment for tuberculosis, HIV and a range of non-communicable diseases.  

We run paediatric and adult wards at the hospital, serving both refugees and host communities. We also assist deliveries in our maternity room, and facilitate emergency surgical and obstetrical referrals to the nearby government hospital.  

Throughout 2020, we supported emergency preparedness and response activities. We ran a 100-bed COVID-19 quarantine facility in Nduta camp and trained more than 430 staff to respond to a potential outbreak. In April, following floods in Lindi, on the country’s southeastern coast, our teams donated medicines to prevent and treat malaria, acute diarrhoea and dehydration. In May, we organised a measles vaccination campaign after an outbreak in the camp. 


In 2020
Tanzania, Nduta - November-2018
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

“No one chooses to be a refugee”

Voices from the Field 19 Jun 2020
Tanzania: World Malaria Day - photo story

Departing Nyarugusu camp, MSF continues refugee response at nearby Nduta

Press Release 30 May 2017
Tanzania Refugee Crisis - November 2016

Humanitarian response in refugee camps still falling behind

Project Update 1 Mar 2017

Testimonies from refugees in Nduta and Nyarugusu camps

Voices from the Field 20 Feb 2017
Tanzania Refugee Crisis - November 2016
Photo Story

"Tanzania - Aid is needed before situation deteriorates"

18 Nov 2016
Photo Story
Tanzania Refugee Crisis - November 2016

Urgent increase in assistance needed as refugee camps now full

Project Update 16 Nov 2016