Photo gallery: Chad's hunger crisis
Photos of how we treat and prevent malnutrition
Internal conflict and poverty
Boko Haram threat|Malnutrition|450,000 refugees
Over 450,000 refugees from neighbouring countries live in Chad, including more than 350,000 from Darfur.
Previous food crises, resource shortages and conflict within Chad have created large movements of people around the country putting strain on the health care system. In recent months thousands more refugees have arrived from Northern Nigeria as people flee the militant group Boko Haram.
One in five children born in Chad today will die before they reach their 5th birthday and the average life expectancy is just 50 years.
International Medical Corps has provided emergency medical assistance and health care services to an estimated 72,000 refugee Darfurians and 200,000 Chadians. We provide nutrition support, maternal and reproductive health services and provide medical training to strengthen the health system.
Nutrition & food security: In order to tackle malnutrition in Chad, International Medical Corps addresses all causes, not just food shortages. This is why we integrate malnutrition screening and treatment in to all of our health care and support programmes.
Mothers & children’s health: There is only one midwife for every 9,000 women of childbearing age in Chad. To address this gap, International Medical Corps provides family planning services; antenatal care; clean and safe deliveries; HIV testing and counselling, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, as well as immunisation for pregnant and lactating women and children under five.
Primary and secondary health care: International Medical Corps is working to build a secure and reliable health care system in Chad, through rehabilitating medical facilities and training community leaders and government workers. We support local citizens and refugees to play crucial roles delivering care to their own communities, including as midwives, health care workers and community health workers
Our impact and work
Fleeing Boko Haram over Lake Chad
Some of the Nigerians who fled a recent attack by Boko Haram militants on the town of Baga made their escape over Lake Chad, as Thomas Fessy reports.
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