Action Against Hunger has been present in Chad since 1982

Chad

Since gaining independence in 1960, Chad has suffered from political instability, social unrest, and conflicts with neighbouring countries

 

Country Overview

Since gaining independence in 1960, Chad has suffered from political instability, social unrest, and conflicts with neighbouring countries. This has left the country with poor infra­structure, an unstable government and a dire humani­tarian situation. The humanitarian situation in Chad comprises several factors: high infant mortality rate, population movements, food insecurity, health (cholera and hepatitis E) and security crises. The country is also affected by the regional conflict that is gripping the Lake Chad basin and is suffering the effects of conflict in Libya and the Central African Republic. There has been a huge increase in the number of people displaced, both internally and externally.Those most affected are the internally displaced, refugees, the indigenous population in host regions and the returning population.

Natural disasters have also increased the need for humanitarian assistance in Chad. While people in the country’s arid Sahelian region frequently experience malnutrition and food insecurity during the routine scarcity between harvests. Lack of rainfall, farmland, clean water, and sufficient healthcare pushed two-thirds of families in Chad into food insecurity. The lack of access to sufficient and nutrional food has also had knock-on effects on the rates of malnutrition in the country.

 

274, 160
People we helped in 2017

What we are doing

Action Against Hunger has been working in Chad since 1982. Our teams have been working to address the growing number of malnourished children in vulnerable communities, scaling up our projects, year on year. 

In 2017 our teams continued health and nutrition programmes for children under five and pregnant and lactating women in Grand Kanem. The women also benefited from psychosocial support in the nutritional units, helping them to deal with trauma and overcome difficulties they have faced such as loss, displacement and conflict. Food security and water and sanitation programmes are also ongoing. An emergency water, sanitation and hygiene response was organised to combat the cholera epidemic in the Salamat region of eastern Chad. On advocacy, work focused on reducing mother-and-child mortality. In 2017, our advocacy teams also worked on garnering support for the application of humanitarian principles, improved accountability for humanitarian actors and crosscutting beneficiary protection.

Our programmes in Chad include: 

  • Screening and treatment for children with malnutrition
  • Psychosocial support, particularly for mothers
  • Improving access to clean water and sanitation
  • Educational programmes about the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera
  • Educational programmes for local farmers to improve the agroecology, vaccinate livestock
  • Training programmes for female entrepreneurs in small business management
  • Prevention of future food shortages and crises

 

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Facts

Number of staff
292
Operating since
1982
Based in
N'djamena, Mao, Moussoro, Baga Sola, Am Timan