Title: Since 2016, over 30,000 refugees have fled violence in western parts of Cameroon and crossed into Nigeria. As violence in Cameroon continues, so does the stream of refugees into Nigeria. Most of these people cross the border into Nigeria’s Cross River State, where MSF now operates six mobile clinics.
Dr Precious Mudama: We see cases of abandonment in which the father, the mother run away and the child is just left there, six-year-old child just there living with nobody. Although they all come from Cameroon, they don’t know her, she does not know them. She’s just forced to live with them. So you see so many children being vulnerable at the camps.
Title: As refugee numbers increase and resources in host communities are stretched.
Dr Precious Mudama: We try as much as possible to take care of refugees and nationals as well. I see the intervention of MSF in Cross River as timely in the sense that prior to MSF arriving in Cross River State there were overwhelming needs in the health sector of the state. Mainly we encounter most cases of upper respiratory tract infections. Malaria is really endemic, especially as most of these people don’t have what it takes to do preventive care with regards to malaria and also because of the way these people live. They live in camps. They are exposed to skin disease, the major one being scabies. Everywhere MSF goes, everywhere we go as the medical team we receive commendations both from the local, the nationals and also from the refugees