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Chad

The challenges and our response

International Medical Corps has provided emergency relief and health care in Chad since 2004 when hundreds of thousands of refugees from Sudan’s embattled Darfur Region poured into the eastern part of the country. Nearly a decade later, increased conflict in the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) caused thousands more refugees to flee to southern Chad.

More recently, an ongoing conflict in the Lake Chad Basin region (comprising Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon) has added to these challenges, creating internal displacement and an influx of still more refugees seeking safety from the violence. Despite these issues, Chad has emerged from decades of instability in recent years to become an increasingly important stabilising player in one of Africa’s most troubled regions.

Chad today struggles with drought and food insecurity that is affecting the entire Sahel, a vast semiarid region of western and north-central Africa that extends from Senegal on Africa’s west coast across the continent thousands of miles east to Sudan and the Red Sea. In response, International Medical Corps is implementing health, nutrition and food security activities in the Lac, Wadi Fira and Ouaddaï regions of Chad.

Health
In the face of scarce resources and regional instability, people in Chad struggle to protect and rebuild their lives. Since the start of our work in Chad in 2004, International Medical Corps’ services have reached an estimated 180,000 beneficiaries a year, including internally displaced people, Sudanese and Central African Republic refugees, and host community members. Through a network of health centres, mobile medical units and a hospital in the Lake Region, we deliver essential services, including secondary and primary health care, nutritional support, and maternal and child health services. Throughout all of our programs, International Medical Corps partners with local communities and emphasizes training to develop the capacity needed for long-term recovery.

In addition to supporting the government in annual vaccination campaigns against polio, measles and meningitis, International Medical Corps has trained hundreds of health workers to build a level of self-reliance that will enable us to transition the responsibility for health care to local communities when emergencies decline.

Nutrition and Food Security
Malnutrition remains the primary cause of morbidity and mortality for the most vulnerable populations of pregnant women, new mothers and children under five. The nutrition crisis is especially worrisome. In late 2018 UNICEF reported preliminary results of a national nutrition survey showed that 4% of all children under 5 suffered from several acute malnutrition (SAM). International Medical Corps integrates malnutrition screening and treatment services into its primary and secondary health care activities. Program activities also focus on prevention and early identification of malnutrition through community-based mechanisms, such as training local mothers in nutrition screening, and mother support groups for infant and young child feeding (IYCF) counselling.

In the Lake Region, International Medical Corps is assisting women’s agricultural groups in vegetable gardening through the provision of seeds, tools and training. The planting of vegetable crops is contributing to household food diversity, especially important for young children and pregnant and lactating women, and generate supplemental income to meet household needs.

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Our impact and work

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Fighting Malnutrition in Chad

Fighting Malnutrition in Chad

Fighting Malnutrition in Chad

Fighting Malnutrition in Chad

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Strengthening healthcare systems for vulnerable communities in Chad

Strengthening healthcare systems for vulnerable communities in Chad

Strengthening healthcare systems for vulnerable communities in Chad

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Helping communities in Chad become self-reliant

Helping communities in Chad become self-reliant

Helping communities in Chad become self-reliant

"There was no space, no privacy – we didn’t even have a bed for delivering babies."

Chad nutrition story

A place of safety for refugees in Chad

A place of safety for refugees in Chad

Urgent health care

Hundreds of thousands of refugees have sought refuge in Chad and many are in urgent need of health care

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.

Village waits in line in Chad

Stopping meningitis

Stopping meningitis

Averting a Meningitis outbreak in Chad

The constant ebb and flow of people on the move in refugee camps of Chad make them the perfect breeding ground for infectious diseases as refugees transport diseases just as easily as their belongings.

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