Action Against Hunger Attends Global Conference on Nigeria and Lake Chad
Action Against Hunger has mobilized senior leaders to attend the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and Lake Chad this week on February 24th. The international community will convene at the conference to commit resources to address the severity of the humanitarian situation in Africa's Lake Chad region, which includes Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. Action Against Hunger will attend to share its experiences delivering humanitarian assistance on the front lines of the emergency in all four affected countries, and to advocate for the mobilization of greater resources to meet the overwhelming needs of millions of people suffering from conflict and hunger.
Action Against Hunger has issued a joint call to action from international NGOs of the region, highlighting "Seven Steps to Saving Lives and Assisting People in Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin." We are also a signatory to a joint letter from humanitarian organizations that addresses all member States of the United Nations, emphasizing the severity and widespread prevalance of acute undernutrition in the region.
The violent Boko Haram insurgency has intensified across the countries bordering Lake Chad over the past eight years, affecting Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and particularly northeast Nigeria, with widespread violations of international humanitarian law. Conflict has destroyed health facilities, schools, homes, and crops and has totally disrupted markets and people's livelihoods. In 2016, in the affected region, only one in every two severely malnourished children receives the lifesaving treatment she needs to survive.
In this region, the most populated in Africa, the future of an entire generation is at risk.
The humanitarian outlook for the region is grim. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2.6 million people have been displaced, exacerbating an already precarious situation and leaving parents struggling to feed their children and keep them healthy.
A shocking 7.1 million people are facing severe hunger, with 400,000 people experiencing famine-like conditions.
Host communities sheltering families fleeing the violence are struggling to cope, with new arrivals putting pressure on already limited resources. With limited access to healthcare, water and sanitation, the conditions are ripe for infectious disease outbreaks.
ACTION AGAINST HUNGER RESPONDS
Action Against Hunger is present across the region, reaching 2.3 million people last year. We have mobilised our highest level of response and are scaling up activities.
- Providing emergency food assistance and nutritional supplements for people at risk of life-threatening undernutrition
- Providing treatment for children at risk of dying from hunger
- Meeting the basic needs of displaced people and refugees, with a special focus on water, sanitation and hygiene
- Advocating for an efficient and coordinated response to the crisis so children can survive and thrive
But only a major humanitarian response, coupled with sustainable investments in livelihoods and health systems, will contribute to safety and prosperity in the region. Ahead of the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on February 24th, Action Against Hunger calls for an urgent scale-up of efforts to meet humanitarian needs for food, nutrition and health in the region.
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