CHAD

Start of program: 2012

 

COUNTRY KEY FIGURES*

  • 15.4 million inhabitants
  • 4 million people affected by food insecurity and malnutrition
  • 15 regions exceeding the emergency threshold for severe acute malnutrition among children under five
*Data from 2018

ALIMA KEY FIGURES*

  • 56,452 children treated for severe acute malnutrition
  • 61,540  mothers trained to screen their children for malnutrition using MUAC
  • 1,790 patients treated for measles
*Data from 2019

Areas of intervention

Outbreak response
Maternal health
Pediatrics
Nutrition
Research

Country context

After decades of internal conflict and ongoing insecurity related to the Boko Haram insurgency, the security situation in Chad and the Lake Chad region remains fragile. Influxes of refugees from neighboring Central African Republic, Niger, Sudan and Nigeria further exacerbates humanitarian needs.

Each year, more than four million people are affected by food insecurity and malnutrition across the 15 regions of the country. Chad has the sixth highest child mortality rate in the world and one in seven children die before reaching the age of five.

Each year, between July and October, Chad’s capital N’Djamena is particularly affected by recurrent peaks of malnutrition. In 2018, bed occupancy rates within the Therapeutic Nutrition Unit of the Chad-China Friendship Hospital exceeded 200% during this period.

© Sylvain Cherkaoui / ALIMA

ALIMA’s Impact – Our fieldwork

Support to local health structures

Since 2012, ALIMA has worked in close collaboration with Alerte Santé, a Chadian medical NGO which carries out actions to improve access to health care and strengthen existing medical structures.

With this partnership, ALIMA supports the Chadian health structures in response to outbreaks, research, pediatric care and maternal health, in an effort to reduce maternal and infant mortality.

© Sylvain Cherkaoui / ALIMA
Medical and nutritional care of children under five

In 2012, in collaboration with Alerte Santé, ALIMA started supporting children under the age of five in the district of Ngouri in the Lake Chad region with a medical and nutritional treatment program. Then another project for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition was launched in 2013 in the urban area of N’Djamena.

Thanks to this initiative, children can be hospitalized and treated all year round against malnutrition and other childhood illnesses, in the nutrition services of the Chad-China Friendship Hospital and the Mother and Child Hospital. 

Through its operations in N’Djamena, ALIMA can meet the significant needs for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition in the capital, and launch awareness-raising and advocacy actions with health authorities, governments and other humanitarian actors.

In addition, ALIMA initiated in 2017 the “1,000 Days” program to provide a set of comprehensive care in six health areas of Ngouri. This program provides preventive and curative care to the mother-child couple from pregnancy until the age of two. It has ensured that children under the age of five have access to good nutrition, free health care and routine vaccinations needed during the first 1,000 days of life.

Focus on 2019

In 2019, ALIMA treated more than 56,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.. Our teams also trained 61,540 mothers to use MUAC to screen their children for malnutrition, and treated 1,790 patients with measles.

* Cover picture © Adrienne Surprenant / ALIMA

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