N´DJAMENA (Chad), 28 July 2016 – The European Union’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) are strengthening UNICEF response to multiple crisis in the Sahel belt in Chad with two grants of 4 500 000 and 350 000 Euro, which will support the treatment of over 45 000 severely malnourished children and the measles vaccination of close to 475 000.
“This multi-sectorial funding will help UNICEF and its partners to respond to all four crises in the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan, namely Food Security and Malnutrition, Population Movements, Natural Disasters and Epidemics,” stated Philippe Barragne-Bigot, UNICEF Representative in Chad. “We are grateful to the EU and the UK for their continued support for life saving interventions in Chad, especially in the Sahel Belt.
« The European Union is renewing its commitment to address the urgent needs of children and to build resilience of the communities,” said Olivier Brouant, Head of the European Commission’s humanitarian aid office in Chad. “Multiple crisis are impacting Chad, and children are the most affected. We are stepping up to help UNICEF provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable and reinforce national capacities to crisis prevention and response.”
Thanks to these two grants, UNICEF will focus on reducing the burden of acute malnutrition, strengthen the supply management system, support the development of a National Contingency Plan as well as the national measles and cholera preparedness plans. These interventions aim to reduce preventable suffering, and excess morbidity and mortality linked to the above crises. This humanitarian funding will contribute to improve emergency interventions in the fifteen most affected regions of Batha, Bar El Gazal, Ennedi, Guera, Hadjer Lamis, Kanem, Lac, N’Djamena, Ouaddai, Salamat, Sila, Wadi Fira, Borkou, Tibesti and Chari Baguirmi.
In these regions, recent surveys have revealed a Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate above the emergency threshold of 15%. In close coordination with governmental and non-governmental organizations, UNICEF will strengthen the provision of therapeutic food and drugs for systematic and timely delivery to more than 500 health facilities to provide treatment for over 45,000 Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) cases before the end of 2016. UNICEF will also build up health districts capacities in the treatment of SAM.
In addition, UNICEF will provide immediate measles vaccination for close to 475 000 children aged 9 months to 14 years in most affected health districts. UNICEF will also preposition contingency stocks to provide a rapid emergency response to 33,000 newly displaced people by flooding or conflict and assistance to 14 000 people affected by high risk of cholera.
Given the current situation in the Sahel belt, exacerbated by the conflicts in neighbouring countries, especially Nigeria, Central African Republic and Sudan, this contribution will help to provide essential assistance to the most vulnerable communities in the affected regions. The European Union is UNICEF Chad’s leading humanitarian donor and among the five most important donors of UNICEF in Chad.
About EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection
The European Union and its Member States are the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid.
Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.
The European Commission ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: humanitarian aid and civil protection. The Commission, through its humanitarian aid and civil protection department, helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the Commission’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department provides assistance to the most vulnerable people solely on the basis of humanitarian needs.
For more information, please visit the European Commission’s website: http://ec.europa.eu/echo.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
To find out more about the EU-UNICEF partnership, visit http://www.unicef.org/eu/
Passionate and hardworking Chadian health workers like Nutrition Counsellor Darasalam are at the frontline of saving children’s lives. Watch her story and download multimedia contents here: http://ow.ly/agPC302vPTi
For further information, please contact:
Isabel Coello, Regional Information Officer, Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, European Commission, Dakar, Tel. +221 33 869 60 92, Mob. +221 77 740 92 17, Isabel.Coello@echofield.eu