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The ICRC in Chad

Chad, Sahr, January 2014. Working closely with the Red Cross of Chad, the ICRC has set up a system for people who have fled the CAR to make free telephone calls.

The ICRC has been present in Chad since 1978. It maintains a dialogue with the civilian and military authorities on humanitarian principles and on the protection of civilians and detainees. The ICRC also gives financial, material and technical support to physical rehabilitation centres, works closely with the Red Cross of Chad and helps displaced people in Tissi, eastern Chad.

Facts and Figures

From January 2013 to January 2014, the ICRC:

  • evacuated and provided surgical care to 77 severely weapon-wounded patients resulting from Sudan's inter-communal violence and 7 victims of explosive remnants of war in Eastern Chad, before its provision of a surgical team to Abéché Regional Hospital came to an end;
  • provided essential non-food items to 2,000 of the most vulnerable families who had fled the violence in Sudan;
  • continued to work with the Ministry of Justice on management of the food chain and other measures to improve the nutrition and health of detainees, and carried out rehabilitation projects in three prisons to the benefit of 2,000 detainees;
  • supported the production and delivery of 834 prosthetic and orthotic devices and restored the mobility of patients with disabilities, including victims of past fighting, by continuing to support two prosthetic/orthotic centres;
  • supported the Chadian Red Cross in establishing a road safety project through first aid training, provided to over 100 volunteers.

Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine

  • Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine
    Chad at the crossroads

    Chad has had a turbulent past and is today struggling to overcome not only the problems caused by its harsh climate, but also the economic and political challenges that every now and then ignite tensions. Article published in the Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine, No 2, 2008