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Guided by the Core Commitment for Children, UNICEF Chad strives for the realization of child rights in Chad. Women and children under 18 years old, who represent 57% of the total population of 11 million, have been particularly affected by the political instability and structural socioeconomic weaknesses that Chad has suffered since its independence. In addition, Chad has taken in refugees from Sudan and the Central African Republic, and hosts numerous internally displaced people. The country is also vulnerable to extreme weather events (partly because of climate change), particularly droughts and floods, which already represent a threat to the survival of the most vulnerable and marginalized children and women. Nevertheless, Chad is currently forging a new political stability both within and beyond its borders. This new context allows the government and its partners to launch the early recovery process and to plan longer-term investments in development. Moreover, increased government revenues, fed by oil revenue, are offering the opportunity to allocate additional resources to the country’s social sectors. To contribute to the realization of child rights in this complex context, UNICEF Chad concentrates its efforts on the following focus areas: - Child Survival and Development - Basic Education and Gender Equality - Child Protection - Strategic Communication: External Relations & Communication for Development (C4D) - Social Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation - Humanitarian Action and Emergency Response

« Imagine » de l’UNICEF Tchad par El Kevino & Roukika

L’UNICEF a lancé une initiative innovatrice intitulée ‘’IMAGINE’’ pour promouvoir les droits de l’enfant et récolter des fonds en vue d’améliorer les conditions de vie des milliers d’enfants dans le monde. IMAGINE est un hymne universel composé en 1971 par John Lennon du groupe Beatles véhiculant un message de paix, de réunification et de fraternité pour l’humanité. A l’instar d’autres pays, le Tchad a réalisé sa propre version ‘’IMAGINE’’ en collaboration avec l’artiste musicien El Kevino, Roukika – artiste porte-parole de l’UNICEF Tchad – et les jeunes des Maisons des Quartiers de N’Djamena.

Youth Advocate for adolescents in the fight against AIDS addresses the Chadian Nation

By Manuel Moreno Gonzalez N’DJAMENA, Chad, 1 December 2014 – 16-year-old Mani Djelassem Virgille stood confidently in a packed auditorium whilst addressing the Chadian nation as the recently appointed Youth Advocate for adolescents in the fight against AIDS.

“It is both an honor but also a great responsibility that I am prepared to carry the torch for the well-being of children and young people of my country,” she said in front of national television and more than 3,000 people who attended the World AIDS Day official ceremony in Chad´s capital, N´Djamena.

“I would humbly assure you that I will give the best of myself to be a worthy Youth Advocate. I promise to be a role model and to be an example through my academic performance and behaviour,” she added.

The First Lady of the Republic of Chad, Mrs Hinda Deby Itno, accompanied by several heads of agency of the United Nations in Chad, including UNICEF, WHO, UNAIDS and UNFPA and national associations fighting against HIV and AIDS officiated at this event. A number of activities took place, the highlight being the nomination of young Mani and, therefore, the delivery of her message.

Mani Djelassem Virgille receives her official certificate by the First Lady of Chad, Mrs Hinda Deby Itno, and UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Thomas Gurtner.
Mani Djelassem Virgille receives her official certificate by the First Lady of Chad, Mrs Hinda Deby Itno, and UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Thomas Gurtner.

“Like many millions of children around the world, I was infected with the HIV virus at birth. This infection was detected early and I therefore received the appropiated support. I was fortunate to frequently attend the Djenandoum Naasson Centre where I found medical, psychosocial and peer support with children and adolescents in the same situation as me. Thanks to this, I am pleased to be here with you today.”

Mani lost her mother at a very tender age due to the HIV virus. She was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and lived with her father Djelassem Sakor until she was 11 years old, when the family decided she should move to Chad to stay with his father’s brother and current guardian Djelassem Sakor. When she arrived to Moundou, a village located in southern Chad, she started to attend the UNICEF-supported Djenandoum Naasson Centre, which provided the necessary support and care she needed.

The Chadian government and its partners have made significant progress to provide free AIDS treatment and access to health care services for people living with HIV throughout the country. Between 2005 and 2013, the number of people receiving treatment has tripled, yet there is a need to reinforced planning of national HIV strategies and policies to target children and adolescent.

“We must do everything so that all the children of Chad and the world have the chance I had. This will only be possible if we work together to prevent transmission of HIV from mother-to-child, to prevent new HIV infections among young people and encourage them to get tested to know their HIV status,” she stated.

Mani will be working during 2015 with UNICEF to support Government’s effort in the fight against the virus and also to advocate for the rights of people and adolescents living with HIV.

“We must also fight against the stigmatization of people living with HIV. We carry the virus, of course, but we are people like you, we have the same rights and duties. One of our priorities will be to work with adolescents and young people living with HIV to ensure their empowerment and giving them confidence to face life,” she concluded.