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WFP Chad Country Brief, March 2020

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In Numbers

3,603 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 1.6 m cash-based transfers made

USD 70.4 m six months (April - September 2020) net funding requirements representing 46% of total.

596,458 people assisted in March 2020

Operational Updates

• In light of the public health emergency declared for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, WFP developed a business continuity plan to ensure the safety and wellness of staff, while also running operations smoothly.

WFP’s priority is to continue delivering life-saving food and nutritional assistance in a secure environment. In this sense, activities and procedures were adjusted to enhance hygiene, impede crowding and to better manage the flow of traffic at distribution sites.

The distribution of onsite school meals is temporarily suspended following the Government’s decision to close schools. WFP is developing a VAM (mobile Vulnerability Assessment Mapping) as near real-time remote system to continue monitoring vulnerability and markets. This involves mobile surveys through live telephone interviews.

Late March, WFP and the Chadian Red Cross started providing hot meals to Chadians -mostly studentswho returned from Cameroon and had to be quarantined in N’Djamena and sites of Koutéré and Léré. In total, WFP plans to provide assistance to 3,100 individuals during isolation.

To prevent movements in and out of camps in line with Government orders, WFP and its donors agreed to exceptionally provide two months assistance at half rations to refugees in the provinces of Wadi Fira and Ennedi Est. In the six camps in these provinces, emergency food assistance was put on halt months ago, while refugees negotiated the transition from blanket to targeted distributions.

• WFP is working to ensure that food in transit and in Cameroon is quickly dispatched to Chad to ensure continuity of operations. This includes prepositioning of items for remote areas before the start of the rainy season. WFP plans to constitute a larger contingency stock to assist populations hit by sudden crises.

• On 23 March, the deadliest attack ever on Chadian soil was launched by Boko Haram against a Chadian military position in Boma. The attack resulted in 92 fatalities among Chadian soldiers and 20,000 people displaced.
WFP and the national NGO Bureau Consulting International (BCI) are already providing emergency food assistance to affected households.

• On 12 March, the Russian embassy, the Ministry of Education and WFP announced a USD one million contribution from the Russian Federation. WFP purchased more than 700 mts with this funding. Part of it was used under the school feeding programme during the first trimester.

• On International Women’s Day (8 March), WFP’s female staff paid tribute to women in history. The stories of aid workers at WFP were shared on social media.

• The Chad 2019 Annual Country Report is now available online.