Humanitarian crisis in Borno State

In northeastern Nigeria, a humanitarian emergency is reaching catastrophic levels, and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has called for a massive international relief effort to take place immediately. The desperate living conditions in Borno State show the devastating impact of the ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military. In several locations, people have sought refuge in towns or camps controlled by the military, and are entirely reliant on outside aid that does not reach them.

 

Nigeria: MSF helps respond to the worst meningitis outbreak in nearly a decade

As of the end of April, a total of 9,646 suspected cases of meningitis have been reported with a total of 839 deaths across Nigeria since late 2016, according to the Ministry of Health.The worst affected areas are the northern states of the country Sokoto, Zamfara, Yobe, Katsina and Kebbi.

Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has deployed 11 medical field teams across Sokoto, Zamfara, Yobe, Niger and Kebbi states of Nigeria to support the Ministry of Health in the management of the current meningitis outbreak. 

 

 

Nigeria: Dramatic increase of people displaced by violence and insecurity in Borno State

Violence and insecurity continue to force people from their homes in northeast Nigeria, where new waves of displaced are arriving in remote towns of Borno State. Nigerian refugees are also being forcibly returned from Cameroon, MSF reports.
 
Over 11,300 people have arrived in Pulka, close to the Cameroonian border, since January, and this has brought the total population of the town to more than 42,000. The increase of the town’s population by one-third is placing further pressure on already overstretched resources to care for the displaced.
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'We are struggling to fill the gaps': Interview with an MSF coordinator in northeastern Nigeria

At the end of 2016, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) started to offer primary healthcare and other services in Pulka, in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno. Over the past few months, this small town situated next to the border with Cameroon has become a hotspot for new arrivals of people fleeing military operations by the Nigerian military and attacks by Boko Haram, and in search of food and basic services. Danca Paiva is MSF’s project coordinator in Pulka.

 

 

 

'There are dramatic gaps in health care': MSF medical director on the plight of displaced people in Borno, Nigeria

Borno state, located in northeastern Nigeria, is the main scene of the conflict between Boko Haram and the army that has affected the four countries bordering Lake Chad and has caused the displacement of more than 2.6 million people. In northeastern Nigeria, an estimated 1.8 million people have been displaced, more than half to the capital of Borno: Maiduguri.

In June 2016, MSF was able to start working outside Maiduguri, in different areas of the state. Although the situation did vary from one location to another, what the organisation found there was an alarming humanitarian crisis. The population remains extremely vulnerable and depends to a large extent on the minimum services it now receives and had been deprived of for a long time. But considerable medical and humanitarian needs remain unmet.\

Jean François Saint-Sauveur, medical director of MSF in Barcelona, has just returned from Borno, where he was able to visit three of the projects that MSF is carrying out in the state. Here, he explains his experience.

 

Aid under attack: Bombing of a camp for displaced persons in Rann, Nigeria

 

 

From Dispatches: Fleeing violence, but finding hunger in Nigeria's Borno State

The desperate living conditions in Borno State show the devastating impact of the ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military. In several locations, people have sought refuge in towns or camps controlled by the military, and are entirely reliant on outside aid that does not reach them. “Although a nutrition emergency was declared months ago, there has been a serious failure to help the people of Borno,” said Hugues Robert, head of MSF’s emergency response.

 

 

 

 

From the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International Activity Report:

 

 

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