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New doctors in Chad


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"Le Bon Samaritain" university training and health centre" in N'Djamena



District of Hadjer Lamis, health district of South N'Djamena



From July 2012 to July 2014



For more than twenty five years, ACRA has been supporting Chadian association ATCP, led by Jesuit missionary father Angelo Gherardi, in the implementation of an integrated health program in the area of Goundi in the health district of south N'Djamena. A University General Hospital was opened in 2007 in N'Djamena with 184 beds, which is able to guarantee health care to more than 500,000 people. The Le Bon Samaritain hospital comprises a Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, School, a University Residence for medical students, with the aim to train qualified local personnel and thus respond to the insufficient healthcare provision in the country.
Giving continuity to previous interventions, this two year project, aims to train 30 new medical students (of the 3rd cycle) of the Medical Faculty within the hospital. Objective of this endeavour is to contribute to improve the quality of Chad's healthcare service by boosting a new generation of young doctors trained and motivated to increase the life expectancy of one of the poorest countries in the world.



  • Main objective: to increase the availability of qualified medical personnel in Chad
  • Specific objective: to economically support the 3rd training cycle for 30 new medical students who will start the university course at the Medical Faculty annexed to the Bon Samaritain hospital in N'Djamena.




Training courses for the medical students of the Faculty of Medicine.
From a theoretical point of view, the main objectives of the study program are:

  • To gain knowledge of Chad's health system and the role of the health centres within the framework of the national healthcare provision.
  • To assess the healthcare activities carried out in the health centres .
  • To assess the activities of the PMA (Paquet Minimum d'activités): prevention and care of pregnant women and infants, family wellbeing, care of people with chronic illness, community activities, measures for hygiene and sanitation, covering of costs, etc.
  • To gain insight into priority healthcare problems in the area.

The main subjects covered during the study course and internships are:

  • General medicine
  • Surgery
  • Paediatrics+
  • Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  • External consultancies

The internships are organized under the control of the doctors who work at the hospital.
The academic activities of the faculty are under the responsibility of an academic committee formed by 4 people and represented by a studies director and by a hospital clinical internships director. The curriculum followed by the students is the one established by the learning regulations of the university centre.
The academic secretary's office is responsible for keeping the class registers and the documentation relative to the exams held by the students.
The Faculty's operation is regulated by documents of the ATCP that define the study plans and the responsibilities of the various university sectors (university regulations, learning regulations, university general document, etc).



Direct beneficiaries:
30 medical students attending the first year of the course at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) « Le Bon Samaritain » in N'Djamena.
Indirect beneficiaries:
The families of the students and, in perspective, the Chad populations who will avail themselves of the services of newly trained medical personnel.



Total value:
180.000 €

Principal funder:

Other funders:
Associazione Amici di Goundi

ATCP – Association Tchadienne Communauté pour le Progrès