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55% of people live with less than 1 USD a day, state a study on social protection in Chad

N’Djamena, Chad, 24 September 2010 - Fifty-five percent (55%) of Chadian people, including women and children are affected by poverty.

They suffer not only cash deprivation, but also lack of access to education, nutrition, health, water and sanitation and adequate housing. In terms of poverty, children are overrepresented among the poor. In addition, their dependency to adults increases their vulnerability.

These figures represent some of the findings of the analytical study on social protection in Chad, launched today by the Government, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other partners. The Social Protection Study provides the framework of challenges and choices for social protection of children and women.

The study sums up the situation in terms of poverty and presents the patterns of vulnerability and the most important risks to children in Chad existing social protection systems.

It also discusses the impact of alternative measures on the most vulnerable. Finally it offers clear guidelines and practical interventions, with the extent of their impact and cost.

The main objective of the Social Protection Study is to rebuild the social pact for children and implement one of the priorities of the Government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy phase two.

This workshop represents a crucial step in the mobilization of all stakeholders.

Indeed, it served as platform for reflection with clear recommendations to government for providing political guidance and a roadmap for the development and implementation of the National Social Protection Strategy in Chad.

These measures include effective free primary education, food security and nutrition, a free health care package for pregnant women and children, - complementing free prevention and care for HIV/AIDS and Malaria - and cash transfers to pregnant women and women who are exclusive breastfeeding.

The technical workshop took place from 22-23 September 2010 at the Meridian Hotel, under the patronage of the Ministry of Social Affairs, represented by Minister, Mme Ngarbatina Carmel, the Secretary of the Ministry of Education, in the presence of Dr. Marzio Babille, UNICEF Representative in Chad, UN Agencies and representatives of the international community and civil society.

"This study on social protection will allow the Government to develop a clear strategic framework for social protection of children in Chad. Addressing inequality and inequity will entail a different approach to implementing the MDGs, including social protection programmes, which include cash and in-kind transfers, as well as public works and school-feeding programmes and community-based insurance schemes. In the long term, this investment in human capital will result in lower costs to society and improve productivity, thus economic and social progress," emphasized Dr. Marzio Babille, UNICEF Representative in Chad.

Mme Ngarbatina Carmel, Minister of Social Affairs concluded that "The Social Protection Study can serve as a tool to support the move from traditional solidarity mechanisms to a formal welfare system. But to achieve this, we must develop along with partners a comprehensive policy and strategic framework for social protection of children in Chad."

For more information, please contact:
Hector CALDERON, UNICEF Chad, tel.+235 66 36 00 42, email:



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