Highlights 2011

  • OCHA helped tackle serious food security and nutrition problems in the Sahel belt. It ensured a strong focus on immediate humanitarian concerns, developed strategies to avoid duplication and advocated better assistance for vulnerable people.
  • OCHA helped provide a more active role for local authorities and institutions in disaster preparedness and emergency response, notably through the Comités Régionaux d’Action (Regional Committees for Action).
  • OCHA was strongly involved in fighting a cholera epidemic that broke out in July 2010 and ended in December 2011. It helped mobilize resources through WASH and Health Cluster meetings in N’djamena; partnered with WHO in setting up a regional meeting in Douala, attended by Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger; and organized a Niger and Chad cross-border mission to develop a regional response to the spread of cholera, with better monitoring of affected people’s movements.
  • Working with IOM and other partners, OCHA set up a task force to focus on Chadian returnees from Libya. This enabled a better flow of pooled information, improved coordination and more effective advocacy for resource mobilization.

A caravan of camels walks through the desert in the middle of a dust storm near Mao, Western Chad. © Kate Holt/IRIN