Fighting Malnutrition in Chad
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.
With support from the European Union, International Medical Corps is providing health and nutrition services to vulnerable populations in Chad through mobile medical units, while strengthening existing healthcare centres and training community health workers and caregivers at a community level.
International Medical Corps has been on the ground in Chad since 2004, providing health services to vulnerable communities.
Ouaddai is one of the regions in Chad worst affected by high levels of acute malnutrition.
Waraga health centre in Abdi district is one of the 14 health centres International Medical Corps support in the region.
With funding from the European Union and WFP, International Medical Corps assists health centres to operate nutrition treatment and prevention services, including supplementary and therapeutic feeding programmes.
Last year alone, more than 3,500 children were treated for severe acute malnutrition in health centres or the district stabilisation centre, which offers inpatient care for medically complicated cases.
In addition to our work in Ouaddai region, International Medical Corps has scaled up its response in the districts of Bagasola, Bol and Liwa in the Lake region of Chad, to address rising malnutrition, poor access to healthcare and high vulnerability to infectious disease.
The Lake region has a high disease burden and is prone to epidemics – such as cholera.
Dilerom is one of the sites where International Medical Corps operates a mobile clinic for those forced from their homes by Boko Haram.
With funding from the European Union, International Medical Corps provides essential health and nutrition services, including outpatient consultations, reproductive healthcare and vaccinations – helping almost 200,000 people in the region.