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Supporting malnourished children & maternal health in Nigeria

16 Jun 2017

There are close to 800,000 people displaced by the conflict living in dire situations in Maiduguri, Nigeria. In several nutrition and health centres, Médecins Sans Frontières focuses on maternal and child health, treating children’s malnutrition, paediatric diseases and providing maternal care to mothers. Mobile teams also conduct food distributions and offer medical and nutritional care and vaccination in informal camps, surveillance by going house-to-house to monitor the nutrition needs of the displaced people and host population.

We’ve been providing healthcare, nutritional assistance and relief to people displaced by conflict, as well the host communities, since mid-2014 in Borno State. In Nigeria, Médecins Sans Frontières also runs projects in the states of Yobe, Rivers, Jigawa, Zamfara, Sokoto and Niger. We also continue to provide relief to Nigerian refugees in the neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger. In the second semester of 2016, our teams in Borno undertook 175,877 outpatient consultations, vaccinated 146,650 children against measles, assisted 3,218 births and distributed food to 32,365 people.