Chad Medical Travel Information

Medical Facilities and Health Information Medical facilities in Chad are extremely limited. Medicines are in short supply or unavailable, including many over-the-counter preparations sold in the United States. Travelers should carry any needed, properly labeled, medicines with them. In the event of major injury or illness, visitors generally will require medical evacuation.

There are two medical clinics in the capital of N’Djamena which offer "international standard" medical care: International SOS and Europ-Assistance. These are not walk-in clinics and advance membership is required to access services. This information is provided for informational purposes only and in no way constitutes an endorsement, expressed or implied, by the United States Department of State

Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease. Plasmodium falciparum malaria, the type that predominates in Chad, is resistant to the antimalarial drug chloroquine. Because travelers to Chad are at high risk for contracting malaria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that travelers should take one of the following antimalarial drugs: mefloquine (Lariam - TM), doxycycline, or atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone -TM). Travelers who become ill with a fever or flu-like illness while traveling in a malaria-risk area, and up to one year after returning home, should seek prompt medical attention and tell the physician their travel history and what antimalarials they have been taking. For additional information on malaria, including protective measures, visit the CDC Travelers’ Health web site.

Other widespread illnesses in Chad include diarrhea and upper respiratory infections. HIV/AIDS is becoming an increasingly serious problem as infection rates are at alarming levels (up to 25 percent in high-risk groups). Meningitis outbreaks usually occur annually and several other diseases (cholera, diphtheria, chicken pox, typhoid) periodically appear.
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 44.8%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 49.3%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 71.8%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 3.4%
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population .43
People Living with HIV/AIDS 210,000
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population .04
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved 88.1%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 31.4%
Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved 6.5%
Major Infectious Diseases - degree of risk very high
Animal Contact Disease (s) rabies
Food or Waterborne Disease (s) bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A and E, and typhoid fever
Respiratory disease (s) meningococcal meningitis
Vectorborne Disease (s) malaria and dengue fever
Water contact disease (s) schistosomiasis

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