Medicines for refugees in Chad

In Africa, one of the worst refugee crises is taking place. Drought, poverty and terrorist militia force millions of people to flee. Difäm addresses this need and supports emergency aid through a network of local partners. As an organization for Christian health work worldwide, Difäm for example provides emergency medical care to help refugees.

Millions of people are fleeing the terrorist militia Boko Haram. More than two million refugees from Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger and Chad are currently living in the region of Lake Chad in western Chad. However, the people in the region are already suffering from extreme poverty, insecure food and repeated outbreaks of disease. Increasing violence and persistent drought exacerbate the current crisis. There is a lack of food, drinking water and medical care. Especially malnutrition and diarrhoea, but also malaria and respiratory tract infections are on the increase, particularly in children. Difäm therefore strengthens local health facilities. The few still functioning health care facilities urgently need medicines in order to be able to provide medical care to the people. And, since access to Lake Chad is restricted for security reasons, international aid hardly ever arrives. 

Essential medicines for health centers
With the help of a long-standing church partner in Chad, Difäm has now been able to provide emergency aid and is already supplying five health centers in the districts of Bagasola, Bol and Liwa with essential medicines such as analgesics, antibiotics, antimalarials, diarrhea medications and medical consumables. The drugs were purchased at the wholesale pharmacy in N'Djamena. For local coordination, Difäm closely cooperates with the Evangelical Network for Health in Chad. Through its partners, Difäm reaches people in the region who urgently need medicines and medical care.

Drug transport by pirogueDrug transport to the five health centers in the refugee area on Lake Chad was taken over by Dr. med. Gabriel Moussanang and Valentin Dingamwal of the Protestant health network: "This help is far from covering all needs, but it has one goal: solidarity and compassion for those who suffer." Medicines for people living on the island of Fitine are brought with a motorized pirogue. There is no drinking water on the island. The water needs to be purified, but there is little possibility for treatment. As a result, diseases are on the increase. People on the island can buy no bread, no medicines, no clothes, there is no trade, no ambulance for emergencies, and there are no midwives. The local nurse works alone. In the health center of Fitine, one can feel the despair of the population. Externally, the building is intact, but inside almost everything is destroyed. The doors and windows are broken, the lighting is destroyed and the fridge and chairs are burned. The Health Commissioners of the Lake District brought a table, a maternity chair, a small table and a few chairs. Now with the delivery of medicines, at least the pharmacy could be replenished so that a certain basic supply is ensured.

Every assistance counts
Now it is planned that health centers of a church in the north of Nigeria and in South Sudan, which is tormented by the civil war, are also to be supplied with medicines via local partners. This can contribute, albeit on a small scale, to ensuring that basic health services for the people in these countries can be maintained. A total of 85,000 € were provided for this purpose.

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