The humanitarian situation in northeast Nigeria remains critical after years of conflict due to the Boko Haram insurgency. Because of this crisis, nearly 7 million people need humanitarian assistance, and approximately 1.3 million people are internally displaced in Borno State alone.
Even as the Nigerian military makes progress in freeing several local government areas from Boko Haram control, essential services in these areas are scarce. Many families do not feel safe returning to their home villages and continue living in major towns and ward capitals in the liberated areas. In these areas of concentrations of internally displaced persons, people need health care, clean water, sanitation and hygiene services and protection services.
FHI 360’s Integrated Humanitarian Assistance to Northeast Nigeria project is responding with targeted interventions to meet the most pressing needs in Borno State. The project, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, is working with 45,900 internally displaced persons.
Project activities include:
- Supporting health clinics through medical supplies and staff training to deliver primary health care and sexual and reproductive health services
- Training community health workers, giving them outreach materials and supplies, and providing supportive supervision to help them resume community outreach
- Establishing safe spaces where survivors of gender-based violence can receive case management and psychosocial support
- Rehabilitating and installing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure
- Distributing hygiene kits and promoting good hygiene
- Improving sanitation facilities to reduce environmental health risks
These activities make up a fully integrated package of interventions that will provide comprehensive support, thereby reducing the risks of death and illness and improving the health and safety of displaced individuals in Borno State.