Project #9971

Sahel, West Africa Food Crisis Emergency

by Merlin USA
Jul 10, 2012

How Merlin set up in Sahel, Chad

Consultations at Zafaya Health Centre, Chad
Consultations at Zafaya Health Centre, Chad

We’re set up and delivering health care

 Merlin has been working in Chad for nearly three months now. Why did we send out an Emergency Response Team in the first place?  The facts speak for themselves:

  • 3.6 million have no food security, i.e. parents can not be sure that they have enough food to feed their family.
  • 1.5 million of those people have severe food insecurity, there is a wholly inadequate, availability of food i.e. families do not know if they have food for each day or week.
  • 127,000 children are severely malnourished i.e. very near to death.

Merlin's Emergency Response Team

Our emergency response was led by Lea Gilbert (see photos below).  Once on the ground, Lea and the initial team began the set up process.   Merlin’s logistician Justin Bangue searched out an appropriate base, to be used as an office and place to sleep, eat and have a little down time.  He and Lea were also in charge of liaising with country representatives of government donors about ongoing funding and talking to various Chad government departments to make sure all the paper work was in order, including recruitment procedures and non-profit certifications.

Justin also coordinated the delivery of procured supplies and medicines, to make sure everything was in place for our health and mobile teams, to make sure they could start offering services as soon as possible.

The health & nutrition teams come under the supervision of Angela Muruiki, Merlin’s Health Manager in Chad.  She has been leading training sessions with local health staff and outreach teams in basic health and nutrition care.  Angela ensures that every health worker has the required skills to offer quality health care to everyone that needs it, including those living in more rural and remote communities.   Since the outreach services were available, and now word has spread, the number of families visiting the outreach clinics has risen each week, from double to triple figures.

Angela’s team has also set up a therapeutic Feeding Center in Massaguet Hospital, one of only 3 hospitals in Hadjer Lamis province, in the central, west of Chad. On June 13th alone, the Feeding Center received more than 30 new, severely malnourished children into the feeding program, and a neighboring health clinic registered 50 more. 

Our teams will be there to help 100’s, maybe 1000’s more children, mothers, the elderly, in fact anyone that needs our care, over the coming months. 

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Lea Gilbert, Head of Chad Emergency Response Team
Lea Gilbert, Head of Chad Emergency Response Team
Justin, Merlin
Justin, Merlin's logistics man in Chad
Angela leads our health teams
Angela leads our health teams



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Merlin USA

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Merlin USA
Project Leader:
Andrea Miles
Washington, DC United States

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