Latest info – June 2018: Crisis update Borno and Yobe states 


The conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military, which began in 2009, has displaced an estimated 1.8 million* people across the northeast of the country.

In 2016, the armed conflict resulted in a catastrophic humanitarian emergency in several areas of Borno state, with high mortality rates linked to severe malnutrition and preventable diseases. Although security within Maiduguri, the state capital, improved slightly, allowing for an increase in aid, active conflict, mass displacement and disease outbreaks continued outside the city.

Vital medical assistance in Borno state

From July, MSF started scaling up its emergency assistance in the region to reduce the high risk of death and disease among communities living in catastrophic conditions in several areas of Borno state. Insecurity restricted MSF presence significantly, and in some of the hardest hit villages teams could only carry out short visits with rapid interventions aiming to have the most impact in a short time frame. This included distributing food, therapeutic nutritional products and relief items, as well as running mass vaccination campaigns against measles, providing seasonal malaria chemoprophylaxis (SMC) and conducting medical consultations, and water and sanitation activities.

MSF scaled up its activities in camps for displaced people in Maiduguri and 10 nearby towns, running fixed clinics in the capital, Monguno, Damboa, Benisheik, Gwoza and Pulka, and deploying regular mobile clinics to the hard-to-reach towns of Bama, Dikwa, Banki, Ngala and Gambaru as soon as access was possible. During the year, a total of 20,760 children were admitted to therapeutic feeding centres, 290,222 outpatient and 2,764 emergency consultations were carried out and 3,071 patients were admitted for treatment. MSF conducted over 56,000 antenatal care consultations and assisted 5,181 deliveries

In the second half of the year, MSF delivered over 1,099 tons of food to displaced people and families with malnourished children. Teams vaccinated approximately 130,000 children against measles, 10,052 against pneumococcal pneumonia and provided 18,754 with SMC. To improve hygiene in the camps, MSF set up latrines, water tanks and taps, and provided petrol to power the water pumps.

MSF has provided healthcare to displaced people and host communities in Borno since mid-2014

Read more about MSF's activities in Nigeria in 2016

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1996


2016 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 441,900
Patients treated for malaria 58,500
Births assisted 13,100
Surgical interventions 2,600
No. staff in 2016 1,080
Expenditure 2016 €39.3 million


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