|A Good Samaritan in Chad|
|Objectives and results|
Supporting the Good Samaritan Hospital of N'Djamena.
In recent years ACRA has contributed to the building of Le Bonne Samaritanbeds and that could provide health care to over 500,000 people - takes up the challenge of improving the quality of health services in the country and reducing the number of people who have to travel abroad in order to receive an appropriate treatment. This is a large hospital with a total area of 7,234 square meters that includes a Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, a Nursing School and a university residence for medical students and for foreign teachers; the hospital has the aim of training local staff and meet the lack of health personnel in the country. The new hospital complex shall also be able to starting up research programs for the prevention of transmissible and epidemic diseases, such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
General Hospital in N'djamena, the capital of Chad. The hospital - with an availability of 180
The hospital was inaugurated on October 10th, 2007 (download the brochure) in the presence of some representatives of the Chadian government. In recent years, the General Hospital - result of a twenty-year-collaboration between ACRA and the Association Tchadienne “Communauté pour le Progrès” - has seen the technical and financial support of many organizations including the French Cooperation and the European Union. To this project - co-financed by the Italian Cooperation and the Fondazione Italo Monzo – collaborate the Università Statale of Milan and the Institute of Infectious and Tropical Diseases of the Luigi Sacco Hospital of Milan. The projects aims at planning the construction of a and of the first block of dispensarydoctor houses and at supporting the hospital with the managing costs during the set up of the hospital.Problems to solve
The Chadian health system is totally inefficient in ensuring adequate assistance to people who often die for easily treatable diseases. There is only one doctor every 37,000 inhabitants, a nurse every 22,000, a midwife every 11,000 women in procreative age and a life expectancy of only 44 years. Besides the typical high morbidity and mortality of poor countries, low financial coverage of the health care system, very limited number of specialists and their poor ability to diagnose are forcing every year many patients - who have no access to health assistance - to renounce treatments or look for them in foreign countries. The few doctors, after graduation, travel abroad or work privately. The area of the capital N'djamena has the same problems than the rest of the country. In particular, the District of South N'djamena - consisting of 446,825 inhabitants - was served by a small hospital of only 28 beds (12 beds for pediatrics, 12 beds for general medical and four bed for maternity). In order to cope with this situation, the University General Hospital was built with the consent of the Ministry of Health. The hospital shall offer the people a chance to be treated locally; the quality of care shall be ensured by the stability of services, regular inspections of patients’ conditions, the evolution of diagnosis and by the availability of medicines: elements, that in already existing structures can not be guaranteed. The establishment of a Faculty of Medicine and Surgery shall permit to qualify the Hospital and to face the deficit situation of health personnel in the country, ensuring a quality education and training to medical and nursing students.