About the Situation
By the Numbers
More than 12.8 million people live in Chad.
15% of children die before age 5.
The average life expectancy is 50 for men and 52 for women.
(Source: The World Bank, United Nations)
Chad is considered one of the world’s poorest countries. The United Nations ranked the country 184 of 187 in 2014 on its human development index that looks at lifespan, education and economic status. Available data is scarce in Chad, but the most recent figures show that well over half the population lives in poverty.
The World Bank reports: “Available data show that Chad is very poor relative to the needs of its residents and relative to its neighbors in sub-Saharan Africa. GNP per-capita, for instance, was US $180 in 1995 compared with US $490 for sub-Saharan Africa … 29% of the population had access to safe water compared with 47% for sub-Saharan Africa and the illiteracy rate in 1993 was 90%, compared with 50% for sub-Saharan Africa.”
The average man completed two years of school, and the average woman attended for less than one year. Fifteen percent of children die before their fifth birthday.
How Islamic Relief is Helping
Islamic ReliefTM began working in Chad in 2006, and opened Islamic Relief Chad in May 2007 in response to the Darfur humanitarian crisis, during which thousands escaped violence in Darfur, Sudan, and sought refuge in Chad. The influx of refugees made the already—desperate living conditions in Chad direr. Islamic Relief provided urgent assistance, and implemented an emergency project to help alleviate the suffering of both the refugees and internally displaced persons in Chad.
Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported in Chad:
RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTION