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The pandemic has had adverse effects on health systems.  Around 90% of countries report disruptions to their health services. These disruptions have disastrous consequences. Thus, the progress made over the past decade in the reproductive, maternal and child health sector could be reversed. The UN estimates that the pandemic has indirectly caused the death of 228 newborns and 000 mothers.

Access to health is far from equal.The density of nurses is only XNUMX per XNUMX people in Sub-Saharan Africa (compared to XNUMX in North America). In addition, the coverage of medical costs is only a reality for XNUMX% of the world population, reinforcing inequalities in access to health. This problem is even more pronounced for the refugee populations who do not seek care because of the lack of financial means and because of fears of deportation. 

  • 5.2 million children die before their 5th birthday, half of them before their first month
  • Health spending has grown nearly 90 million people under the poverty line
  • Many curable diseases (tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhea) still kill too many people today.

Source: UN Stats, The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2021


According to the WHO, Chad is one of the 6 countries with the highest number of children who have not been vaccinated.

The situation has not improved given the disruption of immunization services since the coronavirus pandemic. The Betsaleel association has set up vaccination days for more than 20 years now.

All women in the city of Koumra and its surroundings have the opportunity to come and have their child vaccinated for free. On average a hundred children per month.

Each child receives 5 doses of vaccines; the first dose from the birth of the infant, the second 6 weeks later then the following at specific times.

Betsaleel needs to do a huge job educating moms about the importance of getting vaccinated and sticking to her schedule. Hygiene and nutrition are also at the heart of the association's awareness-raising activities. READ MORE