Chad in Central Africa is one of the hottest countries in the world - and one of the poorest. Although there are oil deposits, most people live below the poverty line. The country has repeatedly been affected by unrest in neighbouring countries as well as by the effects of climate change, such as droughts and floods. Pregnant women, mothers and children in particular suffer from the lack of medical care.
DIFÄM promotes the training of midwives to make pregnancies and births safer and to give babies a healthy start in life.
The population is severely affected by the lack of medical care. Along with poverty, inadequate medical care is one of the causes of the extremely low life expectancy of the people and the high maternal and infant mortality. There is a lack of well-trained medical staff, of medicines and medical material, as well as of education. The few existing health facilities are often too far away, or the cost of health care is simply too high. Pregnant women and small children are particularly affected by this emergency. Miscarriages, stillbirths, women dying during childbirth - the figures are alarming.
In Chad, only about one in four births is attended by trained birth attendants such as midwives or doctors. Together with the Protestant Hospital of Koyom in southern Chad, DIFÄM promotes the health and a safe care of pregnant women, mothers and newborns through the training of midwives.