Country updates

Joint training helps to empower increased nutrition coordination at decentralized levels in Chad
18 September 2017

Following the establishment of five pilot committees (Comités regionaux de la nutrition et d'alimentation, CRNAs) to facilitate regional food and nutrition governance in the Guera, Ouaddai, Ouadi-Fira, Tandjilé and Western Logone regions, the Government of Chad has appointed five CRNA focal points, who will essentially serve as regional facilitators. What does that mean? In simple terms, these focal points are supporting the respective committees in an effort to enhance multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder coordination by employing the multi-sectoral REACH facilitation approach at the regional level. Thanks to EU funding, REACH is actively supporting these focal points, building on the positive REACH experience at the central level supported by the International and National Facilitators and the decentralized REACH model applied in Niger.

On 28 August 2017, REACH in collaboration with the National Nutrition and Food Directorate (Direction de la Nutrition et de la Technologie Alimentaire or DNTA), organized a training for the newly appointed CRNA focal points. The objective of the training was to equip the participants with the skills required for effective multi-sectoral coordination at the regional level as part of greater efforts to operationalize the National Food and Nutrition Policy and its multi-sectoral implementation plan (PAINA). Participants now have a solid understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the different coordinating structures at the national level, including the Conseil National de Nutrition et d'Alimentation (CNNA), Comité Technique Permanent de la Nutrition et de l'Alimentation (CTPNA) and DNTA as well as the regional CRNAs. It also enabled participants to support the development, facilitation and implementation of a programme of work for their region.

Jointly facilitated by the SUN Government Focal Point and REACH International Facilitator with support from  FAO and WFP colleagues, the training provided an overview of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, REACH, AGIR (Alliance Globale pour la Resilience au Sahel) as well as the country's National Nutrition Policy, Action Plan and the nutrition coordination mechanism. The training also unpacked the Terms of Reference of the CRNA focal points in order to help them hit the ground running. It furthermore provided an opportunity to clarify hosting arrangements and their institutional relations with different sectors and regional actors. In addition, REACH has developed and made available a series of background documents, guidance materials as well as office equipment and supplies to the CRNA focal points to further enable their efforts. Monitoring visits are planned for late September, where CTPNA members and REACH facilitators will meet with the five pilot CRNAs to assess progress and to discuss ways for overcome the challenges that they are facing.

Chad steps up nutrition action, launching a new and intensified phase of REACH support
26 May 2017

Following three years of REACH activity in Chad supported by strings of short-term, ad-hoc funding, a new phase of the REACH engagement in-country was launched on 16th May thanks to funding from the European Union (EU). Prominent figures, such as Chad's Assistant Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Health, the SUN Government Focal Point, the Ambassador of the EU and the WFP Country Director, attended the event, attesting the strong commitment to REACH and to addressing the country's nutrition situation, more broadly. Other participation included nutrition focal points from the lead ministries (Agriculture, Public Health, Social Affairs and Education, etc.), colleagues from ECHO, UN programme staff from the five UN Network for SUN Agencies (UNFPA, WFP, FAO, UNICEF AND WHO) as well as representatives from the other SUN networks present in Chad.

This second phase will build on the momentum and achievements of the previous efforts, which laid a solid foundation, including support with the development of the Inter-sectoral Food and Nutrition Action Plan (2017-2025) and the establishment of SUN Networks. In addition to the International Facilitator and National Facilitator based in the capital, who have been spearheading REACH work in Chad, five regional REACH facilitators will be recruited. The N'Djamena-based facilitators will continue to work closely with the SUN Government Focal Point, government officials serving the National Nutrition and Food Directorate (Direction de la Nutrition et de la Technologie Alimentaire) and the forthcoming Secretariat to the country's multi-stakeholder platform (Comité Technique Permanent de la Nutrition et de l'Alimentation), as well as with UN colleagues engaged in the UN Network for SUN (UNN).

Wasting little time, a UNN retreat was held on 17-18th May in N'Djamena, where colleagues from six UN agencies (FAO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP and WHO) and the Resident Coordinator's Office gathered to strategically reflect on the UN's efforts to address malnutrition in-country and how the UN agencies can work better together. The findings of the UN Nutrition Inventory and the nutrition-related content in the UNDAF largely framed those discussions, facilitated by the REACH International Facilitator and a member of the UNN/REACH Secretariat. The UN comparative advantages in nutrition within the Chadian context were also discussed and further helped to inform an initial joint vision for the UN's work in this area. Participants voiced an interest in expanding membership to other UN agencies (e.g. UNHCR) and updating the Inventory, universally appreciating the utility of that exercise. Ultimately, they also recognised the UNN to be a concrete opportunity to enable the UN to deliver as one. There is now intent to develop a UN Nutrition Agenda, where opportunities for increased synergies will be articulated in support of a more coherent UN approach to nutrition that is aligned to the national nutrition plan.

Read more about the launch in a national news article.

Chad's SUN Government Focal Point and REACH facilitators work side by side to foster multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral engagement in the review of its Inter-sectoral Food and Nutrition Action Plan
9 January 2017

Under the leadership of the SUN Government Focal Point, REACH facilitated the development of the new Inter-sectoral Food and Nutrition Action Plan (2017-2025) as well as its ensuing budgeting process. The review unfolded from late 2015 to early 2017, through a highly participative process, reinforcing the country's nutrition coordination architecture and providing opportunities for increased coherence. REACH facilitators also worked closely with the National Nutrition and Food Directorate (Direction de la Nutrition et de la Technologie Alimentaire), other stakeholders of the Permanent Technical Committee for Nutrition and Food (Comité Technique Permanent de la Nutrition et de l'Alimentation) as well as the UN partner agencies (FAO, UNICEF, WFP and WHO) throughout the process.

Starting with the preparatory discussions, the facilitators played a prominent role in underscoring the importance of positioning nutrition as a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder issue. These efforts set the stage for an inclusive and comprehensive approach to the review. Vibrant scale-up discussions followed, whereby individuals from various government departments and representatives from all of the SUN Networks in the country – including the UN Network for SUN (UNN) – brought their experiences and ideas to the table. REACH support also proved instrumental in helping to leverage and consolidate the technical expertise of the UN agencies, which in turn enabled strong UNN engagement in the process. Overall, the review was effective in keeping nutrition on the country's political agenda and paving the way for swift and coordinated action.

International REACH Facilitator in Chad is honoured for his efforts to bring stakeholders to address nutrition
2 December 2015

REACH Facilitator, Mohamed Cheik Levrak, joins a list of eleven esteemed inviduals, who were formally identified as "nutrition champions" by Chad's multi-sectoral collaboration platform on food and nutrition (Le Comite Technique Permanent de Nutrition et d'Alimentation). The list boasts high-ranking government officials, including the Ministers of Public Health and Planning, an Advisor in the Prime Minister's Office, the Deputy to the Assembly and President of the Parliamentarian Network on Nutrition, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Health as well as other government officials from the ministries of Agriculture, Livestock, Public Health and Research. Mohamed Cheik Levrak  and Bruno Maes (UNICEF Representative) were the only two non-government individuals named as champions.

Each champion was hailed for their respective contributions to the plight against malnutrition and awarded a certificate at the National Forum on Nutrition and Food Security held in N'djamena earlier this year. In addition to his ability to bring actors together – both government and UN –  on nutrition issues, the REACH Facilitator was praised for his effectiveness, discretion and humility. Ms. Mariam Mahamat Nour, Minister of Planning, was proclaimed a "Champion of Champions" in view of her dedication to nutrition in the country and abroad. Country stakeholders are now working to elaborate an action plan for the engagement of the nutrition champions.

Strong REACH participation at the National Forum for Nutrition and Food Security in Chad
12 May 2015


A multitude of stakeholders gathered during the National Forum for Nutrition and Food Security on  28-30th April in Chad's capital N'Djamena, with opening remarks delivered by the Prime Minister on behalf of the President of the Republic. The event was organized by the Ministry of Health under the auspices of the President, further testament to the high-level commitment afforded to nutrition. The forum was well-attended by government and non-government partners alike, attracting the Vice President of Parliament, line ministry staff (including the Ministers of Health, Agriculture and Planning), Representatives of UN Agencies, (e.g. UNICEF and WFP), UN nutrition staff including REACH (facilitators and a representative from the REACH Secretariat), donors (e.g. EU, African Development Bank) and researchers, among other actors.

The forum provided scope to raise awareness about the current nutrition situation and take stock of recent developments. Excerpts from the REACH Nutrition Analysis were presented by the SUN focal point to facilitate these efforts. Actors also seized the opportunity to muster support for the validation of the newly formulated nutrition policy and action plan, anticipated in the forthcoming weeks. In addition, the forum invoked innovative thinking about how to better address malnutrition, leveraging recent evidence. The Minister of Health and UNICEF Regional Nutrition Officer highlighted the need for increased attention to issues such as early pregnancy and early marriage as part of the nutrition response.

REACH played an active role in the organization of the event, from the preparation of background materials to support with event-planning and fostering south-south learning. In particular, the REACH facilitators worked closely with the SUN government focal point to organize a donor round table on last day of the forum, which was co-chaired by the Ministers of International Cooperation and Planning and Public Health. The international REACH Facilitator from Niger, Souleymane Diallo, also attended the event, where he shared insights from Niger's experience with the 3N multi-sectoral collaboration platform. Ultimately, stakeholders committed to supporting the operationalization of the National Nutrition Policy and the Nutrition Action Plan, though specific funding commitments are still being secured. 

Prime Minister heads the recently established National Council for Nutrition in Chad
25 March 2015

The Government of Chad signed a decree, whereby a National Council for Nutrition (CNN) was established and the Permanent Technical Committee for Nutrition (CTPN) was formalized. The decree signalled the Government's strong commitment to increasing multi-sectoral collaboration and coordination, with the Prime Minister presiding over the Council. Going beyond the national level, the decree establishes Regional Commissions for Nutrition Coordination (CRCN) to help translate national commitment into action at decentralised levels. The CNN platform brings together key ministries, namely: Public Health,

Agriculture, Livestock, Education, Water, Communications and Social Action, among others. UN Agencies, civil society and donors are also actively engaged in the platform.

While the decree was signed in 2014, the CTPN stems from an informal, multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder working group that was established under the auspices of REACH to facilitate the formulation of a new food security and nutrition policy. The group continued to meet after the new policy was developed to handle an array of nutrition coordination issues. The committee has helped establish a common language on nutrition and forge consensus on the causes of malnutrition in Chad, drawing upon REACH supported tools that leverage the expertise of UN partners and other country stakeholders and guide multi-sectoral discussions. The committee was later mobilized for the development of the Multi-sectoral Nutrition Action Plan and the organisation of the forthcoming National Nutrition Forum in April, likewise supported by REACH.  With over 350 invitees, the 3-day forum will bring together a broad range of stakeholders, including policymakers, to raise awareness about nutrition, to facilitate knowledge sharing and to define conditions for operationalizing the Action Plan.   



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