In southern Tigray, MSF teams run mobile clinics and have restarted certain services in health centers in the towns of Hiwane and Adi Keyih, alongside staff from the Ministry of Health. Between December 18 and January 3, MSF teams in Hiwane and Adi Keyih provided 1,498 medical consultations.
In eastern Tigray, MSF is supporting the hospital in Adigrat, the second largest city in the region. When an MSF team arrived in the city on December 19, they found that the hospital, which serves a population of over one million, had partially ceased to function. Given the urgency of the situation, MSF sent oxygen bottles and food for patients and their caregivers from Mekele, 120 kilometers away. [about 74 miles] further south, and referred patients to the Afder hospital in the region’s capital. Since December 23, MSF’s medical teams have been managing hospital emergencies, as well as medical, surgical, pediatric and maternity services. They also provide outpatient care for children under five. MSF received 760 patients in the emergency room of Adigrat hospital from December 24 to January 10.
In central Tigray, as far west as the towns of Adwa, Axum and Shire, MSF teams are providing some of the displaced people with basic health care and supporting health facilities that lack essential supplies such as medicine, oxygen and food for patients. MSF teams estimate that between three and four million people in central Tigray do not have access to basic health care.
In the western towns of Mai Kadra and Humera, MSF has supported some health centers and has supported up to 2,000 displaced people by providing medical services, water, sanitation and food. hygiene and building emergency latrines. Most of the internally displaced are no longer there.
Before the conflict, Tigray’s population was around 5.5 million, including more than 100,000 internally displaced people and 96,000 refugees who were already dependent on food aid, according to the United Nations. . In addition to its activities in Tigray, MSF teams have provided care to thousands of displaced people on the border in the Amhara region since November. They also supported several health facilities with medical supplies and provided nutritional and mass training to ministry of health staff. MSF is also responding to the needs of Ethiopian refugees across the Sudanese border.