People Helped in 2017: 274,160
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 2017 National Nutrition Survey, global acute malnutrition stands at 18.1 percent, and severe acute malnutrition at 3.4 percent. The populations most affected are among the internally displaced, refugees, host communities, and those recently returned home after displacement.
In 2017, we continued our food security, mental health support, water and sanitation programs, as well as health and nutrition programs for children under five and pregnant and lactating women in Grand Kanem. In the Lake Chad region, our teams conducted assessments and provided water, sanitation and hygiene assistance. We also launched an emergency water, sanitation, and hygiene response to combat a cholera epidemic in the Salamat region of eastern Chad.
Our advocacy work focused on reducing mother-and-child mortality. In cooperation with OCHA, we advocated in support of humanitarian principles, improved accountability for humanitarian actors, and crosscutting beneficiary protection.