The British Government, through the Department for International Development (DFID), have committed another 4 million UK pounds to support UNICEF’s lifesaving interventions in Chad.
Harriett Baldwin, Minister of State for Africa, said: “This UK aid support will provide a lifeline to tens of thousands of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world, where major humanitarian crises are made worse by conflict, food insecurity, and health epidemics.”
In Chad, the current humanitarian situation is characterized by recurrent emergencies, such as flooding, droughts, diseases outbreaks, food and nutrition insecurity, influx of refugees from neighbouring countries and a protracted conflict in the Lake Chad Basin area. Chad is currently ranked 186 out of 189 on the 2018 Human Development Index. Poor governance, poverty, low status of women and insufficient funding of basic social services remain barriers in improving children’s and women’s lives and constrain the development of the country.
The Minister of State for Africa said: “This nutritional support to vulnerable children in Chad will help address the worst effects of these crises.
Viviane Van Steirteghem, Chad UNICEF Representative, said: “Through the current grant of 4 million UK pounds, UNICEF will ensure the procurement of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), therapeutic milk and essential drugs, directly benefitting 58,670 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in 20 provinces of the country.
“In addition, an estimated 40,000 mothers and caregivers of malnourished children will benefit from improved hygiene and sanitation conditions in 30 health facilities”.