The government of Japan supports UNICEF’s efforts in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the influx of Sudanese refugees into eastern Chad.

The funding will provide aid to 40,000 people in Ouaddaï, Wadi Fira and Sila provinces, including priority districts hosting refugees, returnees and host populations affected by the Sudanese conflict.

18 December 2023
A UNICEF staff member interacts with a family in the UNICEF-supported nutritional unit in Adré, Eastern Chad, close to the border with Sudan. More than half a million people, mostly women and children, have sought refuge in Chad after fleeing the conflict in Sudan.
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A UNICEF staff member interacts with a family in the UNICEF-supported nutritional unit in Adré, Eastern Chad, close to the border with Sudan. More than half a million people, mostly women and children, have sought refuge in Chad after fleeing the conflict in Sudan.

N'Djamena, 18 December 2023. The Government of Japan and UNICEF will provide humanitarian aid to improve access to water and sanitation, health and nutrition services for refugees, returnees, and host populations in Ouaddaï, Sila and Wadi Fira, the three provinces affected by the conflict in Sudan.

Since the start of the war in Sudan, more than half a million refugees and returnees, more than half of whom are children, have found refuge in Chad through 32 entry points along the border. The host provinces are among the most vulnerable regions in Chad in terms of access to basic social services.

With the contribution of $1.280 million from the Government of Japan, UNICEF will provide integrated basic social services to 40,000 refugees, returnees, and members of host communities, creating the conditions for long-term resilience and strengthening social cohesion in eastern Chad, while responding to immediate needs.

This joint action will enable 2,000 children under the age of five suffering from severe acute malnutrition to be treated in health facilities. To promote basic hygiene practices in emergency situations, 40,000 people will benefit from water and sanitation services, including drinking water, sanitation facilities, hygiene promotion and non-food items. These interventions are also aimed at the host populations, who will receive key information on social cohesion and the prevention of inter-community conflict.

"I welcome this partnership between UNICEF and the Government of Japan, which will make it possible to meet the most immediate needs of refugees and host populations affected by the Sudanese crisis and to create the conditions for community resilience. The needs are enormous, and the Government of Japan's contribution will make it possible to respond to some of the most pressing challenges," said Jacques Boyer, UNICEF Representative in Chad.

"I am very pleased that we have been able to accommodate this important project under the Japanese Supplementary Budget 2023. The proposed project is in line with the G7 Hiroshima Leaders' Communiqué of May 2023, which highlighted Chad's generosity to Sudan's neighbours who, although facing significant humanitarian challenges, are hosting increasing numbers of Sudanese refugees. I hope this announcement will contribute to improving the living conditions of the Chadian people", said H.E. Mr TAKAOKA Nozomu, Japan's ambassador to Cameroon.

The long-standing partnership between UNICEF and the Japanese government is helping to meet the critical needs of Chad's children in the areas of education, health, protection, water, hygiene and sanitation.

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