12 September 2017 – North-eastern Nigeria is in its 8th year of crisis, resulting in two out of every three health facilities completely or partially destroyed. Although the situation and access to populations has changed over time, the goal for WHO and its partners remains the same: to reduce the risk of disease outbreaks and bring life-saving health services to those who need them.
30 August 2017 – WHO and partners are moving swiftly to help health authorities contain a cholera outbreak in a camp for internally displaced people in north-eastern Nigeria. A total of 69 cases have been reported in a camp on the outskirts of the state capital Maiduguri, which is home to 44 000 people displaced by conflict and famine.
4 August 2017 – WHO estimates up to 10 000 lives could be saved by November through malaria prevention and control. A new programme, launched by WHO and partners, will disseminate antimalarial drugs to those most vulnerable in the population. Community health workers will also be trained to provide a basic package of health services to communities that have not had consistent health access for several years.
13 July 2017 – WHO has trained and deployed 56 mobile teams to areas in Borno state, Nigeria to offer a package of basic health services to people who don't currently have access, because of the conflict. So far, the teams have seen more than 400 000 clients, and referred nearly 40 000 to health facilities when greater care is required. The teams have treated some 83 000 people for different ailments, and more than 50 000 for malaria.
Nigeria declares meningitis outbreak over
29 June 2017 - Nigeria’s Minister of Health officially declared the Meningitis outbreak over on 28 June 2018. Since the outbreak in late 2016, the meningitis infection has claimed over 1,000 lives. WHO's Incident Management System assisted the Ministry of Health with the deployment health care workers, medicines, and supplies.
Health facilities damaged
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People in need
6.9 millionPeople in need of health assistanceHealth Sector Bulletin
1.8 millionPolio vaccinated childrenEpidemiological Bulletin
In north-eastern Nigeria, some 5.2 million people face food insecurity. When people are malnourished, preventable diseases like cholera and malaria can turn deadly. The biggest killer is often malaria. WHO and health sector partners are working with the Nigerian Government to support malaria control efforts, such as distribution of bed nets and providing malaria drugs. However, efforts will fall short without more funds, especially for health sector partners. More than 10 000 people could die from preventable deaths due to malaria in the coming months.
Situation and response
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Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.
Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes.