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TRAIT D’UNION – Bulletin d’information du Système des Nations Unies au Tchad

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La première parution de ce bulletin d’information « Trait d’Union » témoigne une fois encore de l’engagement des agences du SNU au Tchad à travailler ensemble. L’Equipe Pays est « Unis dans l’Action ». Il s’agit notamment de communiquer conjointement nos valeurs, principes, et l’impact de nos interventions au profit de la population Tchadienne.

Le Système des Nations Unies au Tchad œuvre en étroite coopération avec le gouvernement et nos autres partenaires pour la paix, la sécurité, la justice et le progrès social. La mesure la plus importante de notre impact est le bien-être du peuple tchadien et le développement de leurs communautés. Le personnel de l’ONU est constitué d’experts dans l’aide humanitaire et l’aide au développement. En travaillant ensemble nous fournissons une assistance plus efficace et plus efficiente pour accompagner le Tchad dans ses efforts en vue de réaliser les objectifs de la Vision 2030 « Le Tchad que nous voulons »

Cette parution vous donnera un aperçu de quelques activités menées au cours de ce premier semestre 2017. Les articles de ce bulletin couvrent seulement une petite partie de ce que fait le Système des Nations Unies sur le terrain. Plus d’informations sont disponibles sur les sites des agences des Nations Unies, ainsi que sur nos réseaux sociaux.

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Stephen Tull

Coordonnateur Résident et Humanitaire

Système des Nations Unies, Tchad

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Saving more than one life

In Chad, thanks to systematic HIV screening among malnourished children, families can hope for a better future

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In the Salamat region, Mariam, 22, sits out-of-sight inside a small office in the health center where she starts telling her story.

“Just a year ago, Ali, my 3-year-old son was admitted to the Nutrition Unit of this health center, he also had diarrhea and a lot of fever. Upon arrival, they screened him for HIV and someone came to tell me that my child was positive. I was really worried, where did this disease come from? I then voluntarily asked to be tested. My test was positive. I was scared but the nurses told me that if we take the medicines quickly, we could stay healthy.”

Mariam immediately thought about the health of her husband. “He had to be tested, I brought him to the health center. He was negative.” Édouard Gormo Lotouin, the head of the health center interrupts the conversation “I want to tell you how proud I am of Mariam, not only did she voluntarily get tested, but she also brought her husband. This is exactly the behavior we want from people who discover they have HIV.

Her husband’s reaction was also exemplary. “He said in front of me that he did not care how she caught this disease. She will always stay his wife and he will not abandon her. Despite the disease, they will live together.” adds Édouard Gormo Lotouin. Mariam nods and insists on the exemplary behavior of her husband. “Since that day, I have never felt any changes in the love that my husband bears me.”

Thanks to the systematic screening, when Mariam and Ali where admitted in the nutrition treatment unit, they received the appropriate antiretroviral treatment for HIV. “Since then, my son and I have been taking our medications regularly and we are in good health.”

Mariam was pregnant when she found that Ali and herself were HIV positive. ‘As soon as I was tested positive for HIV. The doctors explained to me that I could still give birth to a healthy child with some treatment. I finally had a daughter, Halimé, she is now a year old. She has been tested recently and she is negative.”

Mariam is confronted to the misconceptions on HIV in her community, which unfortunately leads people not to get tested. “People need to be tested and treated if they prove to be HIV positive. Since I take the medication I am well and I know it is the best solution but the people here are really unaware of this. I would like to share my experience with my community but it is difficult. I can only talk with the people who understand me.”

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Mariam stands in the door way of the health center hoping the best for Halimé and wishing that one day she will come out of the shadow to raise awareness in her community.

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UNICEF, with the support of its partners, has launched a plan to strengthen the national response to HIV. In the Guera, Batha and Salamat regions, the initiative to integrate systematic HIV screening among malnourished children in Ambulatory and Therapeutic Nutrition Unit has permitted to test the serology of 4,342 children out of 5,930 malnourished children admitted.

Thirsting for a future

Improving access to safe drinking water through a mobile phone is now possible in Chad

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By Rodolphe Houlsonron

Water is life, it is said. This is especially true, for the rural communities of Yao in the Batha region. Nearly 115,000 people, mostly women and children suffering from a cruel lack of safe drinking water, have just benefited from 139 water points and sanitation thanks to the support of the Swiss Cooperation in Chad. In the rural communities of Yao in central-eastern Chad, women no longer have to travel tens of kilometers every day to collect water.

Saleh Sossal Attahir, 38, is a member of the water point management committee « AL-HAYA » (life) in Ambassatna. « In the water sector, several projects have been implemented in the Batha region where more than half of the population drinks poor quality water. In the past, we had a lot of trouble repairing the pumps. Some water points were abandoned for months because the committees did not manage well the money that had to be used for repairs. »

Our committee joined the Ambassatna Association, which manages 31 water points management committees. They collect the revenues from water sales which are paid on the TIGO-CASH account of the association.

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« Thanks to mobile payment with TIGO-CASH, the funds are managed with transparency. For the month of April alone, we were able to have 3 pumps repaired thanks to the mobile phone funds transfer, » adds Saleh Sossal Attahir.

Each committee contributed to our TIGO-CASH account and the funds collected were allocated for various expenses such as remuneration of the person in charge of the water distribution, travel expenses, administrative expenses, small and large failures, or the purchase of new pumps.

Thanks to the funding of the Swiss Cooperation in partnership with UNICEF, more than 140 mechanized boreholes equipped with hand pump have been built in the Yao health district.

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Today in Chad more than 140 water points management committees are involved in the mobile phone payment system, which improves the accountability of the management committees and ensures the continuity of water supply to the most vulnerable populations. To address climate change, it is essential to appeal to innovations, including mobile technologies to support communities to better manage their resources.

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UNICEF is actively working with ADRA, a national NGO for the construction of water points, latrines, and the promotion of good hygiene practices. In addition, the Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA) is in charge of the capacity building of the water points management committees. Ten artisans’ repairers were also trained to carry out maintenance work in the event of a breakdown or failure.