Chad’s Ranking Compared to Other African Countries in Drinking Water Access


Guy Tadoum numerongar

Chad’s ranking compared to other African countries in terms of access to drinking water depends on the specific indicators used. Here’s some information to consider:

Drinking Water Access Rates:

  • According to the World Bank, in 2017, Chad’s access rate to an improved drinking water source was 55.7%. This means over 40% of the population lacked access to safe drinking water.
  • In comparison, the African average for improved drinking water access was 69.3% in 2015.
  • Therefore, Chad falls below the African average in terms of drinking water access.

Regional Disparities:

  • Access to drinking water in Chad is very unequal. Rural populations are most disadvantaged, with an access rate of only 39% in 2015, compared to 89% in urban areas.
  • Borkou, Ennedi, Tibesti, Logone Oriental, and Logone Occidental regions have the lowest access rates, with less than 30% in 2017.


  • Chad faces numerous challenges in improving access to drinking water, including poverty, drought, lack of infrastructure, and weak institutions.
  • Climate change is expected to worsen the situation by reducing water availability and increasing drought frequency.

Ongoing Efforts:

  • The Chadian government has implemented a national plan to improve access to drinking water and sanitation by 2030.
  • This plan aims to increase the drinking water access rate to 95% and sanitation access rate to 50%.
  • Efforts are also underway to improve water management and hygiene awareness.

Overall Ranking:

  • While Chad has made progress in recent years, there’s still a long way to go to improve drinking water access and reach the level of other African countries.
  • The country faces significant challenges, but efforts are underway to address them.


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