Our work in Chad

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Our work in Chad

Concern has been working in Chad since 2007. Our work there focuses on increasing resilience to climate change and other shocks amongst vulnerable communities in the Sila region of eastern Chad. We are also involved in humanitarian response and are currently implementing health and nutrition inteventions in response to the Lake Chad basin crisis in the Lac region of western Chad.

In the UNDP's 2016 Human Development Index Report, Chad is ranked 186 out of 188 countries, signalling chronic poverty and low economic development. Insecurity in neighbouring countries has led to large population movements into Chad, as well as internal displacement for several years. Vulnerable populations are exposed to recurrent humanitarian crises, exacerbating their vulnerability and affecting their resilience. In the first half of 2017, over 2 million people were food insecure and this figure is projected to rise to over 3 million in the latter half of the year. 

Lake Chad Region, Kieran McConville, July 2017

Building resilience

Through the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme, Concern is working to enhance local communities’ resilience in the Sila region of eastern Chad. This multi-sectoral programme aims to change household and community behaviours while strengthening local institutions and governance structures ability to cope with drought. It uses techniques such as climate smart agriculture, market gardening and agroforestry to build households’ assets while preserving the local ecosystem. 

Improving health and tackling malnutrition

We are working with local health services in eastern Chad to improve diagnosis and treatment for malnourished children. We’re supporting healthcare workers and community volunteers to improve hygiene practices and to prevent outbreaks of disease and we are improving access to safe and sustainable water sources. 

Promoting gender equality

We are promoting female leadership and decision-making by placing women at the heart of the community structures that we are supporting. We are engaging men through community dialogue to help foster relationships of mutual respect and ensure that women's voices are listened to.

Early warning system (EWS)

We are also developing an Early Warning System (EWS) to enable preparedness and early response to shocks such as lack of rainfall and poor harvests. The system is based on key indicators such as markets, livestock disease, and health levels which help to predict and avert emergency conditions. 

Emergency response

Over four million people in Chad are in need of humanitarian assistance due to the combined effects of climate change, food insecurity and displacement. On-going conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian army has spread to the wider lake Chad basin, affecting Cameroon, Niger and Chad. This crisis has destroyed lives and homes and forced millions to flee their homes.  In Chad alone, there are thousands of people who have been displaced from their homes and their livelihoods. We are responding with health and nutrition interventions in the Lac region.

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