Year to date admissions total 57,742 children. A significant increase in admissions for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in all Sahel belt regions of Chad was observed between January and May.
UNICEF is supporting a network of 289 feeding centres inclusive of mobiles clinics, as well as refugee and IDP centres. Recently signed Project Cooperation Agreements with national and international NGOs will bring the number of UNICEF supported nutrition centres to almost 350 against a target of 468.
UNICEF has recruited, trained and deployed 100 paramedics to support the health system revitalization across the Sahel belt. An additional 300 paramedics will follow, dependent on funding. 7.7 million USD is required urgently to expand the nutrition response and revitalise health centres.
The third round of UNICEF-supported plumpydoz distribution to children aged 6-23 months is underway in 7 Sahel belt regions.
Nutrition SMART surveys have been completed in 8 out of the 10 Sahel belt regions. Preliminary results will be disseminated at the end of June 2012.
UNICEF conducted an assessment on the REACH initiative in Chad. UNICEF actively participated in the CAP 2012 Mid-Year review.