Tackling life-threatening child malnutrition in Chad
Samuel Hauenstein Swan
Chad, in West Africa, has suffered prolonged droughts, poor harvest and most recently, devastating floods. These ‘weather shocks’ have exacerbated an already chronic food crisis and one in every four childrenunder 5 suffers from acute malnutrition in the west of the country.
Without life-saving treatment, many ofthose who go on to develop ‘Severe Acute Malnutrition’ are at immediate risk ofdying. Through the West AfricaHumanitarian Response Fund, the UK’s Department for International Development(DFID) is funding partners such as Action Against Hunger (ACF) to help respondto these humanitarian crises across West Africa.
In Bhar El Ghazal, DFID’s funding allows ACF to run mobile clinics to help identify andtreat severely malnourished children and run an Emergency NutritionalProgramme.