Socio health project in Chad

Since the seventies, Father Angelo Gherardi, an Italian missionary, has created Le Bon Samaritain hospital complex in N’Djamena-Goundi: one in Goundi with a nursing school attached, and the other in N’Djamena with a medical university attached. Today, the two facilities are part of the Jesuit Province of West Africa.

The aid project to Le Bon Samaritain hospital complex in N’Djamena-Goundi involves the purchase of medicines of eleven categories: surgical diseases; malaria; obstetric diseases; gynecological diseases; pediatric diseases; infectious diseases; HIV and tuberculosis; cardiovascular, metabolic and endocrine diseases; sickle cell anemia; malnutrition and eye diseases. The purchase of drug stocks, over two years (2017-2018), will strengthen the offer of medicines.  The project will also seek to improve the laboratory service of Walia-N’Djamena through the purchase of instruments, materials and equipment that will allow a better functioning by ensuring a greater number of samples, as well as tests and analyses more accurate and with results in less time. The laboratory services thus extended will be guaranteed to hospital patients but will also be promoted outside to encourage the attendance of new private patients and thus ensure the self-financing of health care works.

The beneficiaries are the hospital in Goundi and the hospital in the capital N’Djamena with their departments of maternity, medicine, surgery, infectious diseases, laboratories and pharmacy.

Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world. It currently ranks 185th on the Human Development Index (out of 188 countries). 47% of the population lives on less than two dollars a day. The discovery of oil fields has not improved the living conditions of the population; it has actually fed a system of personal enrichment and corruption in the political class dominated by the personality of Idriss Deby and his entourage. Despite this, the international community supports the local political class, which has taken a determined stand against Islamic fundamentalism by participating in the military campaign against the Nigerian Jihadist group Boko Haram. The health system too is affected by this precarious context.

This article is from MAGIS.

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