People Helped in 2018: 375,054
Since gaining independence in 1960, Chad has suffered from political instability, social unrest, and conflicts with neighboring countries. This has left the country with poor infrastructure, an unstable government and a dire humanitarian situation, characterized by several factors: high infant mortality rate, population movements, food insecurity, disease outbreaks, and security crises. The country is also affected by the regional conflict gripping the Lake Chad basin and suffers 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.
According to the National Nutrition Survey of 2018, global acute malnutrition stands at 13.5%, of which 4% is severe. 4.5 million people - 27% of the country's population - face food insecurity, 991,000 of whom are severely food insecure, according to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
In 2018, our health and nutrition programs supported children under five and pregnant and breastfeeding women, who also receive mental health support. We also worked to improve food security and to increase access to water, sanitation, and hygiene. Our advocacy teams partnered with government authorities, civil society, and other partners to reduce maternal and infant mortality and to strengthen local capacities.