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New grant for humanitarian response in northeast Nigeria

February 08, 2017

FHI 360 has received a new grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance to deliver urgently needed humanitarian assistance in northeast Nigeria.

There are nearly 7 million people in northeast Nigeria who have felt the impact of the violent insurgencies of Boko Haram. FHI 360’s work will focus on Borno State, where there are approximately 1.3 million internally displaced persons.

Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Borno State, Northeast NigeriaTo respond to this critical situation, our Integrated Humanitarian Assistance to Northeast Nigeria project will take an integrated approach to crisis response. The program will deliver health care; protection and psychosocial support to survivors of gender-based violence; and water, sanitation and hygiene services to approximately 45,900 displaced people. In addition, in recognition of the immediate needs in Borno State, the FHI Foundation has funded water and sanitation assistance where there are clusters of internally displaced people in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. This contribution aligns with FHI 360’s long-term investment in its crisis response initiative.

“FHI 360 has been working in Nigeria since 1986, responding to critical education and health needs across 26 states, including Borno [State], where the majority of displaced people are now seeking refuge,” said Greg Beck, FHI 360’s Director of Crisis Response and Integrated Development. “FHI 360 will build on our existing operational structure and relationships with local authorities and communities, as well as development and humanitarian actors, to quickly and effectively deliver lifesaving support.”

Beck continued, “The crisis in northeast Nigeria is extremely complex, and our humanitarian response must mirror the multifaceted nature of people’s lives. FHI 360 will add real value by using an integrated approach to ensure quick uptake of services and to deepen the impact of valuable resources.”

FHI 360’s crisis response addresses humanitarian needs around the world that result from armed conflicts and from unprecedented flows of refugees from destabilized areas. Over the past three years, FHI 360 has led a global conversation about the power of integrated, multisector approaches. We have developed a robust body of evidence, knowledge and tools on integrated development, and more of our programs are benefiting from this intentional multisectoral approach. The Integrated Humanitarian Assistance to Northeast Nigeria project will create a sustainable, immediate impact by combining our expertise in crisis response and integrated development.

Photo caption: Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria

Photo credit: Success Johnson/FHI 360