UN, partners raise $ 617 million for Chad
UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations and humanitarian partners on Friday (Manila) launched a $ 617 million relief plan to help feed nearly a third of Chad’s population.
Some 5.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance this year, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. The 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan aims to help 4 million people among them.
In Chad, 66.2 percent of its population of 15.5 million live in extreme poverty, according to the World Food Program.
Malnutrition and a food insecurity crisis, health emergency and displacement crisis caused by armed conflict and natural disasters are increasing the needs, OCHA said. In addition, insecurity linked to the conflict limits humanitarian access to areas of Lac province, near the Lake Chad basin and the border with the Central African Republic.
“The United Nations and humanitarian partners, with more funding, can immediately help save the lives and dignity of those affected in Chad, reducing their vulnerability and building their resilience to respond to recurring shocks,” the office said. humanitarian.
Last year, the world organization and its humanitarian partners helped 2.2 million people in Chad, OCHA said. Affected by chronic underfunding, the population in need of humanitarian assistance is increasing, but only 8% of the required funding is secured this year.