Nigeria

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2016

First intervention

1.100.000

People reached

20

Projects

8.796.406€

Budget spent


Context

The ongoing armed conflict in the North-eastern region of Nigeria has resulted in massive population displacements and compromised access to essential services. Humanitarian needs in the country are worsening, with over 8 million people in need of urgent assistance. Around 268.000 people are in a situation described as ‘catastrophic’, while over three million face extreme humanitarian needs. Forced displacement has pushed people into overcrowded camps, where they face numerous physical, psychological and emotional problems. Displaced people live in conditions of extreme poverty and lack of food, with high levels of malnutrition and mortality among children under five.

Due to insecurity, conflict and food shortages, 12.9 million people in Nigeria are suffering from the food crisis in 2022. In addition, several floods have affected more than 4.4 million people, exacerbating the spread of diseases such as cholera, which counted 14.000 cases in 2022 alone.

In the North-eastern and North-western parts of the country, around six million boys and girls under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition, an increase of 52% since 2021. Malnutrition levels are the highest recorded in the last five years.

INTERSOS’ intervention

In Nigeria, INTERSOS has had an established presence since 2016 in Borno State, in the North East of the country, particularly in Dikwa, Maiduguri, Magumeri, Bama, Monguno and Ngala, where most of the people in need of humanitarian assistance reside. Here, 1.566 survivors of gender-based violence were assisted through the provision of protection services. For a comprehensive approach to assistance, INTERSOS activates mechanisms for referrals, including legal assistance, shelter, access to health and food. Last year, 5.925 people received referral to these services.

In Zamfara State, our staff implemented what we call the Rapid Response Mechanism in conjunction with the Emergency Protection Response, training 717 people in basic protection principles, including psychological support and psychological first aid.

In 2022, we continued to provide life-saving health and nutrition services in nine governorates of Borno State: Bama, Dikwa, Magumeri, Ngala, Jere, Konduga, Maiduguri, Mobbar and Monguno. Our staff supported seven health facilities and two malnutrition stabilisation centres and screened 85.405 children for severe and acute malnutrition. 1.328 boys and girls under the age of five were admitted and treated in one of the stabilisation centres with a recovery rate of more than 95%.

Among the health activities, INTERSOS conducted an innovative campaign in support of vaccination against Covid-19, organising information and community outreach activities, and directly administering the vaccine to 250.000 people including frontline health workers, individuals over 50 and people with underlying comorbidities such as HIV, or non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.

We then distributed food kits to 93.519 people and provided financial assistance to meet basic needs within the supplementary feeding programme for children and pregnant and lactating women. To tackle food insecurity at its root, INTERSOS also organises training courses on livelihood activities such as running a garden or a business, and distributes starter kits with everything you need to start your own business.

To meet the needs of the large number of displaced people, our staff took care of the coordination and management of the camps, ensuring that all services within them were adequate and efficient. As a result, we reached over 500.000 people in eight governorates of Borno and Adamawa States.

Due to widespread violence and lack of health services in remote areas, Nigerian women suffer a high maternal mortality rate, with an average of 576 cases per 100.000 live births. In response to this, INTERSOS ran a 24-hour Basic Obstetric and Neonatal Care Centre in the city of Bama, North-East Nigeria, where more than 125.000 IDPs have been hosted. The Centre is fully equipped, including an ambulance service, and has 24-hour skilled birth attendants. The presence of this Centre makes it possible to follow deliveries with complications that would otherwise pose very high risks to mothers and babies.