Supporting policy on behalf of pastoral communities in Chad
In the countries of the Sahel, local mobile pastoralists seldom have proper access to social services, especially health care. In many cases, this is due to inadequate national health policies. This research product contributed to an intersectoral policy on behalf of mobile pastoral communities in the Sahelian country of Chad. The related project was coordinated by Prof. Jakob Zinsstag of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), University of Basel.
The project team collaborated closely with Chadian researchers. The joint North–South team worked with policymakers and members of various government ministries, including Chad’s Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Livestock Production. Workshops were held and policy proposals drafted. While the intersectoral policy on mobile pastoral communities still does not carry the force of law in Chad, substantial progress was made towards improving pastoralists’ access to services.
A related policy brief on improving service provision to mobile pastoralists can be downloaded here