28 January 2013

Actor and UNICEF supporter Michael Sheen has been visiting Chad to see how money raised during last year’s Soccer Aid match is making an impact on child hunger.

The celebrity football game raised nearly £5m for UNICEF’s work for children, thanks to all donations from the UK public being matched pound for pound by the UK Government.  

In Chad, recent drought and food shortages mean children are suffering from hunger and malnutrition.

The money raised through Soccer Aid and matched by the UK Government is helping UNICEF strengthen health systems in the country so more children can be screened for malnutrition and be reached with life-saving care. Children are also receiving vaccinations against killer diseases, and mosquito nets to stop them getting deadly malaria while they're sleeping.

Aid from countries like the UK can make the difference between life and death for a malnourished child.

 
Actor Michael Sheen sings and plays with children next to a rural health centre in Chad supported by UNICEF © UNICEF/2013/Chad/Jordi Matas
Actor Michael Sheen sings and plays with children next to a rural health centre in Chad supported by UNICEF.© UNICEF/2013/Chad/Jordi Matas