Nigeria: Latest MSF Updates

This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.

The conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military has resulted in massive displacement and a catastrophic humanitarian emergency across the northeast. In several areas of Borno State, high mortality rates were linked to severe malnutrition and preventable diseases. Although security within Maiduguri, the state capital, improved slightly, active conflict, mass displacement, and disease outbreaks continued outside the city.

MSF scaled up emergency assistance in Borno and the surrounding region. Insecurity limited MSF activities in some of the hardest hit villages, leading teams to carry out rapid interventions. MSF scaled up services in camps for displaced people in Maiduguri and in 10 nearby towns, running clinics to remote locations where access was possible. MSF admitted 20,760 children to therapeutic feeding centers, carried out 290,222 outpatient and 2,764 emergency consultations. MSF conducted over 56,000 antenatal care consultations and assisted in 5,181 deliveries. Teams provided over 1,099 tons of food to displaced people in the last half of 2016, vaccinated approximately 130,000 children against measles and 10,052 against pneumococcal pneumonia, and provided 18,754 with SMC.

In Kukareta village in Yobe state, MSF offered a range of care, referring complicated cases to Damaturu hospital in the state capital, where MSF operated a nutrition program and reached 3,717 children in an SMC campaign.

In Jakusko local government area, MSF vaccinated 143,800 children against measles and started working in four therapeutic feeding centers. MSF began working in Zamfara state in 2010, responding to lead poisoning in children. In 2016, MSF teams treated children in five clinics and in Anka general hospital.

Following an outbreak of lead poisoning in Niger state, MSF opened the safer mining pilot project in November and worked with miners to reduce exposure to lead and off-site contamination.

In the Kebbe area of Sokoto state, MSF supported Kuchi health care center to treat pregnant women and chidren until May, when the project closed due to insecurity. In Sokoto, MSF provided surgical care for 388 patients with noma and other diseases and worked with the MoH and the World Health Organization to respond to a meningitis outbreak, vaccinating 113,030 people.

In Port Harcourt, Rivers state, MSF provided the comprehensive package of care for survivors of sexual violence, which included PEP for HIV and sexually transmitted infections, vaccinations, emergency contraception, and counselling. MSF continued to run its vesico-vaginal fistula and emergency obstetric program in Jahun general hospital in Jigawa state. The team treated 400 women with fistulas, performed 2,660 obstetrics-related surgical procedures, and assisted in 7,365 births. MSF also set up basic emergency obstetric services in surrounding health centers.

 

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