Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report – UNICEF Chad, November 2012
For 2012, the annual caseload of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) across the Sahel Band was estimated at 127,300 children under five years of age based on August 2011 nutrition survey results. As of October, 126,591 cases of SAM have been admitted for treatment (99.4%) The total number of children treated for SAM in 2012 in Chad is likely to be over 150,000. According to the last nutrition survey with SMART methods, GAM rate is 18.9% in June 2012 across the Sahel belt; UNICEF and the nutrition cluster estimate that 126,000 children will suffer from severe acute malnutrition in 2013 in the Sahel belt of Chad.
A slight decrease in admissions for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) between September and October 2012 (11,753 in October versus 14,242 in September). This seems to be a normal trend as we are approaching the end of the hunger gap season.
An additional 41 outpatient therapeutic program (OTP) centres were opened between September and October 2012. UNICEF is currently supporting 425 centres in the Sahel belt of which there are 32 inpatient facilities (IPFs) for treatment of SAM with complications and 393 OTPs for outpatient treatment.
More than 700,000 people are affected by flooding nationwide, with 70,000 people displaced.
A yellow fever outbreak in Sudan's Darfur region has killed 217 people so far. No suspected cases have been reported in Chad yet. A contingency plan has been developed to prevent the spread of the epidemic to Chad.