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UNICEF Treats Over 300,000 Chadian Children Suffering From Malnutrition

Viviane Steirteghem, outgoing UNICEF Resident Representative to the country, disclosed this.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it treated over 300,000 Chadian children suffering from severe malnutrition in the last three years.

Viviane Steirteghem, outgoing UNICEF Resident Representative to the country, stated this Wednesday during a press briefing  in the Chadian capital N’Djamena  to mark the end of her mission in the country.

Outlining the achievements of UNICEF during her tenure in Chad, the UN official revealed that during the two years and ten months she has been in Chad, the UN agency also distributed textbooks to over 3.4 million children attending 11,769 primary schools in Chad.

She disclosed that the birth registration rate of children under five years more than doubled and UNICEF supported the Chadian government in its rapid response to the COVID-19 including vaccination against the virus.

“My period in Chad was marked by major progress in favour of the rights of children, girls and boys. The country has for example registered an augmentation in the educational opportunities which take into account inclusion,” Steirteghem declared.

“During her mission here, Dr. Viviane Steirteghem put communication at the centre of her actions in favour of vulnerable children,” Kodmadjingar Abba Andre, the Secretary General of the Chad Media House, declared.

On his part, Laoro Gondje, the Rapporteur General of the Higher Media and Audiovisual Authority of Chad, said the UNICEF official accomplished her mission with a lot of know-how and a good heart.

Viviane Steirteghem is leaving Chad with a lot of thanks and recognition from Chadian journalists with whom she created multiple partnerships.

“She leaves behind a dynamic UNICEF team, competent, full of know-how and which met the challenges of the era,” Laoro Gondje  said.

Viviane Steirteghem was appointed Resident Representative of UNICEF to Chad in October 2018.

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