April 13, 2023
Doctors of the World warns of the humanitarian needs of thousands of migrants abandoned in the desert in Assamaka (Niger)
The visit was organized by the International Organization of Migration (IOM). Doctors of the World has been present in Garba Buzu since October 2016. Our team runs a free clinic that sees on average 100-150 patients a day, providing mostly antenatal care, primary healthcare and malnutrition screening.
The ambassador was accompanied by the Garba Buzu community leader, the Garba Buzu land-owner who donated the land to the thousands of displaced families in need, and IOM representatives. As they toured the community they spent significant time speaking with community members in an effort to understand the daily challenges and difficulties of living in an IDP camp such as Garba Buzu, where around 3,500 people currently reside.
One of the stops on the ambassador’s visit to the camp was the Garba Buzu health clinic, operated by Doctors of the World. On reaching the clinic, Ambassador Symington spent half an hour there, meeting our staff and talking with the dozens of patients treated at the clinic everyday. As our medical supervisor at the clinic, Dr. Zainab, gave the ambassador a tour of the facility, the ambassador asked the Garba Buzu community leader accompanying them “What do you think is the best thing that has happened to the community since you’ve been living in Garba Buzu?” The community leader paused, then replied “Having access to shelter and access to the free services and medicine provided at this clinic”.