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Jun 12, 2012

Our Man in Chad - emergency response

Nigel Young, Head of Merlin
Nigel Young, Head of Merlin's Emergency Response

Thank you for supporting the purchase of emergency supplies for immediate use.  If you were thinking of supporting of Merlin  again, tomorrow (June 13th) would be a great day to do it.  Those lovely people at Global Giving will give an additional 40% on donations.  So a $20 donation from you, is actually a $28 gift to Merlin.

PS.  Please think about giving your donation early in the day, they only have $75,000 to give away.

Nigel Young - Head of the Emergency Response Team, went to visit Merlin's team in Chad, who have set up primary health and nutrition services to combat against the food crisis that has spread across the entire Sahel Region of west Africa.  

Your gift meant that we had medicenes and supplies ready for use, so our staff were able to offer health care immediately, while setting up semi-permanent health clinics and a therapuetic feeding center for longer and, or more indepth medical care.

This is Nigel's week:

Monday: It's a big week for Merlin's response team. After three months of leg-work in London and Chad, we are about to hand over to the regional management team there. I am flying from Heathrow to N'Djamena, the capital city of Chad, to check all is well before the handover. To make the most of my trip, I am travelling via Amman and Addis Ababa, so I can catch up with the team in Ethiopia.

Tuesday: I fly from Addis Ababa to N'Djamena, where I am pleasantly surprised to find the visa arrangements go like clockwork. I travel to the office to say hello to the team, who have been working in the punishing 40C heat without any air conditioning. Then it is off to a UN meeting on the Consolidated Appeals Process, used by aid organisations to plan and implement their activities. This is all conducted in French, but I pick up roughly half of what is said.

Wednesday: My first day in the field is a visit to Massakory, a three-hour drive from N'Djamena, where I meet the governor of the province. I look over a couple of clinics and the field hospital, where Merlin is setting up a stabilisation centre to treat malnourished children in cooperation with the Ministry of Health. Everything is pretty much on track after the painfully slow process of getting donors' contracts signed.

Thursday: I visit the great and good in N'Djamena to gain an understanding of their concerns and, I hope, to allay a few of them. One difficulty with finding funding for Chad is that the food crisis is a slow burner. There is no one trigger event, so it is hard to get media attention that is unrelated to the jubilee, Euro 2012 or the Olympics.

Friday: The idea is to be on the plane for the 18-hour flight home, but there is a dust storm at the airport and the flight is delayed. Chad is different from many of the countries I have visited. On the surface there is visible wealth, but underneath that gloss the poverty is severe. We have been a bit slower than we would have liked and have lost two or three weeks navigating the bureaucracy, but considering this is our first time here we have done well.

Thank you for your support.

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Jun 12, 2012

Our Man in Chad

Nigel Young, Head of Merlin
Nigel Young, Head of Merlin's Emergency Response

Thank you for offering your support to our work in Chad.  If you are thinking of supporting again, tomorrow (June 13th) would be a great day to do it.  Those lovely people at Global Giving will give an additional 40% on donations.  So a $20 donation from you, is actually a $28 gift to Merlin.

PS.  Please try and get that gift in early, they only have $75,000 to give away.

Nigel Young, Merlin's Head of the Emergency Response Team took a trip to Chad to meet with the emergency response team who have been setting up primary health care and nutrition services.

Read about his week (as told to Third Sector Magazine)

Monday: It's a big week for Merlin's response team. After three months of leg-work in London and Chad, we are about to hand over to the regional management team there. I am flying from Heathrow to N'Djamena, the capital city of Chad, to check all is well before the handover. To make the most of my trip, I am traveling via Amman and Addis Ababa, so I can catch up with the team in Ethiopia.

Tuesday: I fly from Addis Ababa to N'Djamena, where I am pleasantly surprised to find the visa arrangements go like clockwork. I travel to the office to say hello to the team, who have been working in the punishing 40C heat without any air conditioning. Then it is off to a UN meeting on the Consolidated Appeals Process, used by aid organizations to plan and implement their activities. This is all conducted in French, but I pick up roughly half of what is said.

Wednesday: My first day in the field is a visit to Massakory, a three-hour drive from N'Djamena, where I meet the governor of the province. I look over a couple of clinics and the field hospital, where Merlin is setting up a stabilisation centre to treat malnourished children in cooperation with the Ministry of Health. Everything is pretty much on track after the painfully slow process of getting donors' contracts signed.

Thursday: I visit the great and good in N'Djamena to gain an understanding of their concerns and, I hope, to allay a few of them. One difficulty with finding funding for Chad is that the food crisis is a slow burner. There is no one trigger event, so it is hard to get media attention that is unrelated to the jubilee, Euro 2012 or the Olympics.

Friday: The idea is to be on the plane for the 18-hour flight home, but there is a dust storm at the airport and the flight is delayed. Chad is different from many of the countries I have visited. On the surface there is visible wealth, but underneath that gloss the poverty is severe. We have been a bit slower than we would have liked and have lost two or three weeks navigating the bureaucracy, but considering this is our first time here we have done well.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us.


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Jun 1, 2012

An Update from Merlin's Team in Chad

Setting up the Feeding Center, Massaguet
Setting up the Feeding Center, Massaguet

Just received from our colleagues in Chad, an update on Merlin's new Stabilization Unit & Feeding Center in Massaguet.

The Center has now been set up inside Massaguet Hospital - it is a 32 bed ward, with lots of space around the beds so that feeding and medicine trollies can be pushed around the ward with ease, local health staff have space to care for patients and family members can stay by the patients bedsides throughout the day and night if they wish.

This is where children are brought by their families when they are severely malnourished  - referred to the Center by mobile clinic teams (see below).  These children are in dire need of a managed amount of nutritional intake over a number of days - if these children were not able to stay at the Center, many would sadly end up dying.

A milk room and kitchen are being created next to the ward, so that staff can make up and deliver supplementary feeds quickly to patients' beds.  A water tower has also been built, so that there is continual supply of clean, drinkable water. The next priority is to acquire a generator, so the center has electricity 24/7.

Training of local staff

Other Merlin staff have been involved in training local staff to be part of the mobile clinics offering outreach health and feeding programs.  Involving local staff allows Merlin to have a deeper understanding of local cultures and traditions, they also help to secure and build trust quickly and effectively with remote rural communities.

More updates will follow over the next few months.

Thank you for your support

The newly qualified, Merlin local staff
The newly qualified, Merlin local staff
Merlin
Merlin's trainees