Chad

Population
14 million
Human Development Index
186 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
302 employees
Program Start
1982

People Helped in 2019: 579,092

361,841
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
53,703
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
163,548
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

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. 

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Nearly 6.3 million people in Chad have been impacted by humanitarian crises, resulting in widespread poverty, hunger, displacement, and frequent disease outbreaks. 

In 2019, Action Against Hunger provided water, sanitation, and hygiene support as well as crucial supplies to newly displaced people in the Lac province. Our teams also implemented nutrition and health interventions in Kanem, Bar El Gazal, and Logone Oriental. We continue to support the health system and have launched community-centered activities, such as care groups and husbands' schools, to encourage positive behavior change. We also implemented integrated WASH'Nut interventions in health facilities, and responded to the cholera epidemic in Mayo-Kebbi Est. 

Our teams also launched longer term, early recovery and emergency food security interventions in Kanem, Bar El Gazal, Logone Oriental and Lac provinces. To promote agroecology, we implemented new sustainable agricultural initiatives, such as solar-powered irrigation systems and  farmers field schools as well as a new community-based early warning system and emergency response mechanism. We also provided food aid to vulnerable people during the lean season and work opportunities to young people and women through cash for work projects.

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