Boko Haram attacks
As Boko Haram continues its offensive throughout Nigeria, as many as 1.2 million people have become internally displaced, and refugees continue to flood into neighbouring countries. Many are experiencing psychological trauma and are living in precarious conditions without access to health and hygiene facilities. Health centres in the communities hosting internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees are struggling to cope with the influx of thousands of new patients.
Médecins Sans Frontières teams are working in several IDP and refugee camps to ensure access to basic health care, running vaccination campaigns, mobile clinics, and supplying hygiene and medical kits. More than 10,000 medical consultations have taken place since the beginning of 2015. Médecins Sans Frontières psychologists have also been running individual and group mental health sessions in various camps. Teams have worked with local health facilities throughout the country to ensure that they have adequate supplies and training to cope with further influxes of patients during emergencies.
Health indicators for people living in Nigeria remain poor and there are frequent outbreaks of measles, meningitis and cholera. In 2013, MSF donated medicine to 300 public health clinics, thus providing treatment for 14,290 people.
More than 217,490 children were vaccinated against measles in Bakori, Sabuwa, Funtua, Dandume and Faskari. A team treated 47,585 people and donated 3,600 treatment kits. Over 2,000 people received cholera treatment in Rini and Gusau.
Médecins Sans Frontières first worked in the country in: 1971
No. staff: 649
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