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For Every Child in need, relief

40 000 children have received treatment for malnutrition in the Sahel belt of Chad thanks to UNICEF UK support

« I did not know what to do when Amir got sick. A neighbour gave me a traditional medicine made of ash and roots, but I called my husband and he told me to go to the health centre directly. I was right to trust the doctors, he’s much better now.” Salma Safia, Amir’s mother, is 17 and lives in the remote village of Andour, in the Sahel Belt of Chad.

“His father left a few months ago. They say there is gold up north so he went there and is working in mines. Since then, life has become difficult for us. When Amir got sick we went to the health centre nearby and they took us straightaway to the hospital with an ambulance. He could not sit, eat or sleep when we arrived here. It’s been only two days, but he’s feeling much better already,  » she says, smiling.

Thanks to the support of the United Kingdom UNICEF National Committee, UNICEF has provided life-saving assistance to affected children and strengthened the capacity of health facilities to deliver quality nutrition services. The provision of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food has also contributed to reduce malnutrition-related mortality and morbidity in children under five years of age.

Refugees in the East have also been reached

For Every Child in Hunger . 40 000 children treated for malnutrition in the Sahel belt of Chad thanks to UNICEF UK support

Zouha Issa, 7, and her sister Amina, 17 months, were born from Sudanese refugees parents living in the Mile Refugee camp in Eastern Chad where 382,500 refugees are still living in harsh conditions. Recently, Zouhas’s sister, Amina, was treated for Severe Acute Malnutrition with Medical complications. She’s now feeling better and Zouha can play with her sister again.

“When Amina got sick, the doctor of the health centre called an ambulance to take us to the hospital. It was the first time I was in a car. Unfortunately, the car got stuck in the water – it was the rainy season. It took us one day to get to the hospital,” Zouha explains.

“After a few days, she started feeling better. They gave her many medicines and milk. She took some weight and she stopped crying all the time. Now we’re back home, we have breakfast together and I can play with her again,” she concludes.

Thanks to the UK National Committee contribution of US$ 135,533.63 and additional resources mobilized, UNICEF Chad has been able to provide the much needed support to the Ministry of Health to scale up the management of severe acute malnutrition. Additionally, this support made it possible to purchase and distribution of over 1,900 cartons of Ready-to-use-therapeutic food which have helped to provide timely and quality treatment to children suffering from SAM.

Over 43,557 children have been treated in the target regions of Ouaddaï, Wadi Fira and Hadjer Lamis in 2016. Furthermore, 31 health professionals were trained on management of SAM while more than 50,000 mothers and caregivers benefited from the community mobilization and sensitization campaigns.

 

57 millions de dollars d’aide d’urgence nécessaires pour 2,7 millions d’enfants en situation humanitaire au Tchad

La malnutrition constitue une « menace silencieuse » pour les enfants, d’après l’appel de l’UNICEF pour l’année 2017

NEW YORK/N’DJAMENA, le 01 février 2017 – En 2017, 4,7 millions de Tchadiens auront besoin d’une assistance humanitaire en réponse aux multiples crises que connaît le pays. L’insécurité alimentaire continuera d’affecter 4,3 millions de personnes, dont 558 450 enfants de moins de 5 ans souffrant de malnutrition aiguë globale.

En 2017, l’UNICEF a besoin de 57 millions de dollars américains pour répondre aux multiples besoins humanitaires des enfants au Tchad. « Sans ce financement, l’UNICEF ne sera pas en mesure d’appuyer la réponse nationale à la crise alimentaire continue du pays, ainsi que des services de base essentiels tels que la protection de l’enfance, l’éducation, la santé et l’accès à l’eau et à l’assainissement » a déclaré Philippe Barragne-Bigot, Représentant de l’UNICEF au Tchad.

Dans sa publication L’action humanitaire pour les enfants, l’UNICEF présente son appel mondial pour 2017, qui s’élève à 3,3 milliards de dollars des É.-U., ainsi que ses objectifs consistant à garantir aux enfants l’accès à l’eau salubre, la nutrition, l’éducation, la santé et la protection, dans les contextes d’urgence dans 48 pays du monde.

Dans le monde, près d’un enfant sur quatre vit dans un pays touché par un conflit ou une catastrophe. « Dans beaucoup de pays, la guerre, les catastrophes naturelles et les changements climatiques contraignent de plus en plus les enfants à fuir de chez eux. Ils se retrouvent alors exposés à la violence, aux maladies et à l’exploitation », affirme Manuel Fontaine, Directeur des programmes d’urgence de l’UNICEF.

Au Tchad, la situation financière difficile du pays a entravé la capacité du gouvernement à fournir des services de base et à participer au relèvement précoce. De nouveaux efforts seront déployés par l’UNICEF au Tchad pour renforcer le lien entre les interventions humanitaires et les programmes de développement afin d’appuyer le Gouvernement en matière de préparation aux situations d’urgence.

«L’UNICEF continuera de fournir une assistance vitale aux enfants, pour que les populations touchées par les situations d’urgence aient un meilleur accès à l’eau, à l’assainissement et aux services de santé d’urgence. L’UNICEF favorisera également l’accès à l’éducation, au soutien psychosocial et aux services de protection pour les enfants touchés par les conflits » a conclu M. Barragne-Bigot.

Les priorités de l’UNICEF au Tchad et de ses partenaires pour répondre aux besoins d’urgence en 2017 consistent à :

  • Garantir à plus de 268 000 personnes un accès à l’eau salubre.
  • Garantir l’accès de plus de 43 500 enfants a un enseignement élémentaire formel ou non formel.
  • Vacciner au moins 377 000 enfants contre la rougeole.
  • Apporter un appui psychosocial à plus de 13 000 enfants.
  • Traiter au moins 200 000 enfants contre la malnutrition aiguë sévère.

Entre janvier et octobre 2016, grâce au soutien de l’UNICEF au Tchad:

  • 75 300 personnes en situation d’urgence ont pu accéder à l’eau salubre.
  • 352 800 enfants ont été vaccinés contre la rougeole en urgence.
  • 61 500 enfants déplacés et enfants d’accueil dans les zones de déplacement ont reçu une éducation de qualité.
  • 153 300 enfants ont été traités contre la malnutrition aiguë sévère.
  • 124 500 enfants affectées par des crises ont reçu un supplément de vitamine A.

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L’appel au titre de l’action humanitaire pour les enfants en 2017 est disponible ici : www.unicef.org/HAC2017

Des vidéos et des photos peuvent être téléchargées ici : http://weshare.unicef.org/Package/2AMZIF0Y3VA

À propos de l’UNICEF

L’UNICEF promeut les droits et le bien-être de chaque enfant, dans tout ce que nous faisons. Nous travaillons dans 190 pays et territoires du monde entier avec nos partenaires pour faire de cet engagement une réalité, avec un effort particulier pour atteindre les enfants les plus vulnérables et marginalisés, dans l’intérêt de tous les enfants, où qu’ils soient.

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Pour plus d’informations ou pour des demandes d’entretien, veuillez contacter :

Christopher Tidey, UNICEF New York, tél. : +1 917 340 3017, ctidey@unicef.org

Joe English, UNICEF New York, tél. : +1 917 893 0692, jenglish@unicef.org

Maria Fernandez, UNICEF Tchad, tél,: +235 66 36 00 42, mfernandez@unicef.org

EU donates additional €4 million to UNICEF to combat child malnutrition in Chad

N´DJAMENA (Chad), 15 December 2016 – The European Union’s humanitarian department is strengthening UNICEF’s response to the nutrition crisis in the Sahel belt in Chad with an additional funding of Euro 4 million. This new grant will support the scale-up of Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) for 40,000 children in 632 health facilities, and ensure that additional 350 health staff have the capacity to provide quality malnutrition treatment by the end of May 2017.

“Acute malnutrition is hampering the life of thousands of children in Chad. Developing integrated approaches to address it is a proven and high impact lifesaving intervention that UNICEF will continue to support,” stated Philippe Barragne-Bigot, UNICEF Representative in Chad. “We are grateful to the EU for its continued support to scale up such interventions in Chad, especially in the Sahel Belt.”

For years, Chad Sahel belt has been dealing with pervasive food and nutrition insecurity. It is estimated that over 4.3 million people in Chad are now food insecure. In addition, many of the neighboring countries – especially Nigeria, Central African Republic and Sudan- are facing political and security turbulences that lead to population movements which place an enormous burden on the already overstretched health system.

Recent surveys have revealed a Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate of 11.7% with huge variations between regions. It is estimated that over six regions are above the emergency threshold of 15%. As a consequence, 558,000 children are estimated to be currently undernourished of which over 228,000 suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). Besides, chronic malnutrition is a public health problem and affects thousands of children across the country.

In partnership with different stakeholders, including the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid office (ECHO), UNICEF aims to reach at least 200,000 cases of severe malnutrition to reduce morbidity and mortality resulting from recurring humanitarian crises in Chad.

« The European Union is renewing its commitment to address the urgent needs of malnourished children” 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, to reinforce national capacities to provide quality malnutrition services, and to build the resilience of the affected communities.” The European Union is UNICEF Chad’s leading humanitarian donor and among the five most important donors of UNICEF in Chad.

In close coordination with governmental and non-governmental organizations, the project aims to implement and scale-up Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) in 50 new therapeutic feeding centres. This will increase the coverage to a total 632 health facilities and ensure that these centres have the capacity to provide quality treatment of severe undernutrition.

The project will target 40,000 severely malnourished children in 15 priority regions, including refugee, returnee and sites for Internally Displaced Persons across the country. The provision of improved quality SAM services, stock management, reporting and information management will be reinforced through training and equipment of 350 health staff.

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Haoua Yunus and her daughter are nomads. Thanks to the EU support they have beneffited from improved SAM services.

About EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

The European Union together with its Member States are the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid. Every year, the European Commission, through its humanitarian aid and civil protection department, helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters. Assistance to the most vulnerable is provided solely on the basis of humanitarian needs.

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.

For more information, please visit the European Commission’s humanitarian office website: http://ec.europa.eu/echo

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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

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A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin, an area that comprises parts of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, where violence and destruction have led to a dramatic increase in malnutrition. Local communities are doing what they can to help those in need. Download multimedia contents here: http://weshare.unicef.org/Folder/2AMZIFWEC7O

For further information, please contact:

Maria Fernandez I Chief of Communication I UNICEF Chad
+235 66 36 00 42 I mfernandez@unicef.org I www.unicef.org/chad

Isabel Coello, Regional Information Officer for North, West & Central Africa, Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), Dakar, Tel. +221 33 869 60 92, Mob. +221 77 740 92 17, Isabel.Coello@echofield.eu

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