Why Chad? Chad was ranked 187 of 189 countries in the UNDP 2019 Human Development Index and was among the lowest ranking countries on the World Bank’s Human Capital Index (2020). It continues to struggle with significant development needs and vulnerability to natural and human-made crises. Poverty remains a considerable challenge and is especially prevalent in rural areas.

*We are currently responding to the threat of COVID-19 in Chad. Find out more about our response here.

A country left vulnerable

The 2022 Humanitarian Needs Overview for Chad estimates that there are 6.1 million people in need. There are nearly one million people displaced, including 524,417 refugees and 406,573 internally displaced persons, as well as Chadian returnees and formerly displaced returnees.

Concern is responding to the humanitarian needs of host communities and displaced populations in the Lake Chad area, implementing health and nutrition programmes to deliver life-saving assistance and access to basic services health, water, hygiene and sanitation.

Concern is also working with a vulnerable population to reduce malnutrition through the provision of food security programmes to increase food diversity and self-sufficiency among the target population.

In the Sila region of eastern Chad, Concern is implementing long-term development programmes focusing on building community resilience to counter potential disasters and reduce inter-community conflicts. Concern is also supporting host communities, refugees, returnees, and displaced persons in accessing quality basic services (such as water, education, health and nutrition), improving their economic resilience, reducing inter-community conflict and promoting peaceful cohabitation.

Latest achievements

One

Livelihoods

We continue to support livelihood activities through climate adaptation programs, skills training, crop and livestock management and vegetable production to increase community resilience. Vulnerable households receive unconditional cash distributions and are supported to set up income-generating activities to become more resilient to shocks. Young women and men from vulnerable households are also provided with vocational trainings to build their capacity and skills to seek employment or start their own business. 

Two

Health and nutrition

Three

WASH in communities

Mother Nayla* (30) and her son Murad* (3) from Tchoukoutalia.
Mother Nayla* and her son Murad* from Tchoukoutalia. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.
Nayla with her four children. Hafsa, Nejla, Murad and Jasim outside their home in Tchoukoutalia. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.
Nayla with her four children. Hafsa, Nejla, Murad and Jasim outside their home in Tchoukoutalia. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.
Demonstration of use of hand washing kit by the Djoua Village Chief, May 2020 in Djoua, Sila Province, Chad. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Demonstration of use of hand washing kit by the Djoua Village Chief, May 2020 in Djoua, Sila Province, Chad. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Mum of two, Iklass Mahamat Tom (28), is currently pregnant. One of her children, Hassaniye Mahamat (2) completed the nutritional programme before turning 2. Before Concern's support, Iklass had no knowledge on hygiene and health. With Concern’s support, there has been an improvement in their health problems and they practice good hygiene in the household. Photo: Lucy Bloxham / Concern Worldwide.
Iklass (28) received training in different agricultural techniques. Photo: Lucy Bloxham / Concern Worldwide.
Women working in a field in Doroti Village, Chad. Photo: Lucy Bloxham / Concern Worldwide.
Women working in a field in Doroti Village, Chad. Photo: Lucy Bloxham / Concern Worldwide.

How we're helping Chad

We are working hard to combat suffering and build resilience in Chad. We are doing this by expanding our humanitarian response to reach the most vulnerable communities and establishing programmes, which improve livelihoods and food security, build economic resilience, reduce conflict, promote gender equality and encourage peaceful cohabitation.

We are working in the areas of...

  • Displaced populations
  • Mobile health clinics
  • Emergency response
  • Building community resilience
  • Promotion of gender equality

Also, in Sila, Concern continues to support access to quality education services for 1,267 boys and 1,005 girls by working to strengthen the education system through the construction and rehabilitation of schools and classrooms and the provision of furniture, equipment and materials for teachers and students. Concern also strengthens the economic resilience of schools by supporting the creation of income generating activities by the schools.

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