A man holds a goat at an Action Against Hunger project in Chad.


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

The landlocked Republic of Chad gets its name from its lake. Reaching across the centre of the harsh and arid Sahel region, this rapidly shrinking water source  supplies water to 30 million people in Chad and its surrounding countries.

The country faces numerous humanitarian crises that currently affect more than 6 million people. Both the regional conflict shaking the Lake Chad basin and armed combat in neighbouring Central African Republic have also led to a huge increase in people fleeing violence.

In some of the more densely populated areas, disease has become widespread and made worse by the country’s weakened healthcare system. Almost a million people, including children and pregnant women are vulnerable.

The population is also exposed to epidemic diseases such as cholera, hepatitis E, malaria, meningitis and other respiratory infections, including coronavirus. The mortality rate in the affected regions – as many as 133 in every 1,000 – is the highest in the world for these diseases.

Country facts

  • 15.5m

    Chad has a population of more than 15 million people.

  • 187

    Chad ranks 187th out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index.

  • 298,000

    Almost 300,000 people are internally displaced in Lac Province on the shores of Lake Chad.

Action Against Hunger’s work in Chad

Our programmes in Chad include:

  • providing food to vulnerable people during the dry season
  • creating work opportunities for young people and women
  • supporting internally displaced people through water, sanitation and hygiene programmes and the distribution on essential items
  • supporting the local health system with community projects focused on changing behaviours
  • responding to a cholera epidemic in the Mayo-Kebbi Est province
  • introducing sustainable agriculture programmes, such as solar-powered irrigation systems and promoting environmentally-friendly farming methods
  • implementing a community early warning system to help emergency response
Fatime and Khadija's story

Fatime and Khadija's story

When her granddaughter Fatime became critically ill, Khadija feared for the worst. But after receiving treatment at an Action Against Hunger health centre, Fatime is now healthy again.

A brighter future

Our reach

  • 579,092

    We reached 579,092 people in Chad through our programmes in 2019.

  • 302

    We have 302 staff based in N’Djamena, Mao, Moussoro, Baga Sola and Am Timan.

  • 38.9%

    Almost 40% of Chadian children under five suffer from malnutrition.

Our response to coronavirus in Chad

Our centres are receiving support to help stop the spread of the virus, including a two-day training course for staff, installing new handwashing stations and distributing hygiene kits.

In the areas we work, we’re also supporting community leaders to raise awareness of how to stop the spread of the virus, for example making sure posters about preventative measures are posted on the walls of public buildings and other meeting places.

We’re also assessing the impact the pandemic will have on the availability and price of food.

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