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NIGERIA

INTERSOS INTERVENTION

INTERSOS has been present in Nigeria since the beginning of 2016 and has started an intervention in the State of Borno to create emergency shelters for displaced persons. Furthermore, in order to ensure food security and support the fight against malnutrition, especially among children, food and supplements were distributed. Finally, in this region INTERSOS implemented life-saving activities with a focus on primary health and nutrition, including neonatal and maternal care and an emergency response to infant mortality caused by acute severe malnutrition. Furthermore, INTERSOS has supported hundreds of families with the construction of housing.

HIGHLIGHTS

11.788

MEDICAL CONSULTATIONS FOR CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS AT RISK OF MALNUTRITION (2017)

6.750

PEOPLE ASSISTED WITH EMERGENCY SHELTER (2017)

40.585

PEOPLE RECEIVED FOOD ITEMS (2017)

179.335

ASSISTED PERSONS (2017)

9

NUMBER OF PROJECTS (2017)

CONTEXT

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Nigeria has its epicentre in the states of Yobe, Adamaua and Borno. Of the nearly 3 million displaced persons in these areas, 80% are in the state of Borno. Almost three years of occupation by the armed group Boko Haram and the subsequent military operation launched in January 2016 by the Nigerian army to bring these states under government control have produced a massive displacement of fleeing people and a devastating impact on the population. For nearly three years, in the areas under the control of Boko Haram, the population has had no access to any service, particularly healthcare, medical supplies, and social and educational services. The instability of the area and the ongoing attacks by armed groups have blocked food production and crops, emptying markets and leaving 3.9 million people without any food security. Malnutrition among women and children has reached extreme levels, especially among displaced persons, who fled into the forests and later found their homes and businesses completely destroyed. Much of the displaced population survives only thanks to humanitarian aid.

 

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