Agence Française de Développement
There are numerous challenges in Chad in terms of maternal, reproductive, neonatal, child and adolescent health, family planning and gender-based violence. Despite the slight improvements made by Chad in terms of health coverage and services, health indicators remain low. Maternal and infant mortality rates are the highest in the sub-region at 860 per 100,000 live births for maternal mortality, and 72 per 1000 live births for infant mortality. What is more, young people and adolescents, who are very affected by these issues, rarely use primary healthcare structures.
To tackle these problems, CARE, the Bureau d’Appui Santé et Environnement (BASE) and Groupe URD have developed the PASFASS project (Project to socially empower Chadian women via access to health services and addressing gender-based violence). The aim of this project is to socially empower Chadian women by improving their access to maternal, reproductive, neonatal, child and adolescent primary healthcare, and addressing gender-based violence. On the one hand, this will involve increasing the number of people using health services, with a particular focus on a community-based approach, and on the other, improving the quality of the services, and backing up the overall project with a research mechanism.
The specific objectives of the project are as follows:
- Promoting demand for reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health services and family planning services;
- Raising awareness about gender-based violence through improved family practices and a community-based approach;
- Improving women’s and girls’ living conditions by giving them access to quality care, improving prevention, and improving the way that cases of gender-based violence are dealt with;
- Improving knowledge about the barriers and factors that determine access to and use of reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent healthcare, and gender-based violence healthcare.
Within this partnership, Groupe URD is responsible for learning support and strategic programme management, using the tools that it has developed to facilitate agility and ensure that operations remain relevant. This involves monitoring sentinel indicators which are established by means of scenario planning, studies to analyse project results and the implementation of real-time evaluations with mini seminars.
This project is funded by the French Development Agency. It primarily targets the provinces of Mandoul and Logone Oriental, and will last 3 years.