In Chad, such as in kanem region, where 60% of the population already lived in a permanent state of food security, the emergency threshold showed how much critical and alarming the situation of child malnutrition was. With a shrinking defense against seasonal hunger, families were forced to reduce their daily meals. Afterwards, the prolonged rationing of food has pushed many families into extreme poverty and mainly has a permanent impact on the growth and development of young children.
In summary, the project has been very successful. The initial target was to provide critical life-saving treatment, through provision of "Plumpy Nut", to at least 1000 children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) across our Therapeutic Feeding Centres (TFCs) and Outpatient Treatment Programmes (OTPs) in the region. The cure rate for these children under 5 is currently 70.4% with the average length of stay for nomadic groups, the defaulting rate for beneficiaries attending the TFCs and OTPs are relatively high, at 29.6%. This is due to the nature of livestock movements and families needing to move to pastures, or near sources away from our centers. Another positive note, the vaccination programme is proceeding well, with coverage for children in the region at over 73% as at the end of 2011.
Action Against Hunger wants to thank you. Your support was vital and made a real difference. In essence, your commitment and your contribution have allowed us through Global Giving website to save thousands of malnourished children in Chad but also have helped support this wider programme to help achieve the cure rates and vaccination coverage above. The project is now in phase of early recovery so the rest of the money will be allocated to Emergency Pool Funds.