In Chad and across central West Africa, UNICEF is acting early to prevent food shortages turning into a children's famine. These photos tell the story of our lifesaving nutrition work in 2011 in Chad - one of the countries most vulnerable to food shortages because of poor harvests.
Hand washing at the nutrition centre in Koubigou, Eastern Chad. Safe water, sanitation and hygiene are an important way of combating malnutrition.
These UNICEF-supported nutrition centres help children and their mothers learn about the importance of hand washing with soap.
© UNICEF Chad/2011/Esteve