Aid for flood-hit communities in eastern Chad

Report
from Islamic Relief
Published on 24 Sep 2013 View Original

Around 100 families will receive tents, cooking sets, sleeping mats and blankets. Two shelters will be constructed to provide community volunteers – trained on emergency preparedness and response – with a place from which to mobilise.

A project to assist communities hit by seasonal flooding in Chad – one of the poorest and least economically developed countries on the planet – began this month.

Last year, floods caused by heavy rain affected up to 700,000 people and caused numerous deaths across several regions. Two thousand families were displaced and extensive damage was caused to houses and infrastructure, with people struggling to access basic services for months afterwards.

The remote Am-dam district of the Sila region suffers cyclical floods and drought. Malnutrition is high, and the area is served by only one health centre.

The project sees Islamic Relief teaming up with International Medical Corps to mitigate the impact of the floods on the district’s most vulnerable families. One hundred households will receive mosquito nets, with Islamic Relief providing medical supplies to the health centre, and tackling insects and rats that spread disease.

Hygiene campaigns will help to reduce the spread of waterborne diseases, with community volunteers trained to raise awareness and one hundred hygiene kits and jerry cans distributed. Two hundred hand-washing containers will be made available and a public latrine will be constructed in public places such as schools. Forty latrine slabs will be built for vulnerable households.

Around 100 families will receive tents, cooking sets, sleeping mats and blankets. Two shelters will be constructed to provide community volunteers – trained on emergency preparedness and response – with a place from which to mobilise.

Around 1,800 people are expected to benefit from the five-month scheme.

Islamic Relief registered in Chad in 2006, and opened its field office in 2007.