Nigeria

Emergency!

It is estimated that over one million people have fled violence in northern Nigeria, with the highest number of internally displaced people in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states--the three states most affected by conflict. Action Against Hunger performed a rapid screening of children under the age of five which indicated that some areas could be at above crises levels, with nearly 30 percent of 4,445 children screened suffering from Global Acute Malnutrition. As a result of the ongoing conflict, people who were already chronically food insecure could remain vulnerable to emergency levels of food insecurity for many months to come. Donate now >>>
Girls visit a community health center in Nigeria.
Photo: ACF-Nigeria, S. Crawford
Population
173.62 million
Malnutrition in Children under 5
24%
2011, UNICEF
Our Team
96 employees
Program Start
2010

People Helped in 2014: 2,807,302

2,718,401
People Received Nutritional Support 
53,862
People Accessed Safe Water and Sanitation 
35,039
People Gained Economic Self Sufficiency 

Though Nigeria has the second largest economy in Africa, it also has one of the highest number of severely malnourished children in the world: approximately 24% of children under five years old—more than a million children— suffer from malnutrition. In 2010, the Ministry of Health developed national guidelines for nutritional treatment with support from Action Against Hunger.

We are focused on helping both national agencies and local communities build capacity to treat deadly malnutrition. In our second year of operation in Nigeria, we trained some 1,000 public health workers and equipped and supported 200 health centers, ensuring that 12,000 severely malnourished people received lifesaving care. We also responded to emergencies: when a food crisis swept through the Sahel region in 2011 and 2012, we assisted tens of thousands of Nigerians.

Access to safe, clean water

In addition to treating malnutrition, we are tackling its root causes. More than half of Nigerians do not have access to safe water and proper sanitation. Since waterborne diseases are linked to malnutrition, we support community-based sanitation projects. In addition to supporting local groups, we are partnering with Nigeria’s Rural Water and Sanitation Agency to rehabilitate broken down water points. We are also investing $200,000 to construct latrines, wells, underground reservoirs of clean water for health centers, and more.

Improving food security

Another cause of malnutrition is food insecurity. In northern Nigeria, widespread poverty, volatile food prices, and recurring food shortages have left an estimated 800,000 children at risk of severe malnutrition. In March of 2013, we began an initiative called the Child Development Grant Program, which aims to provide support for 60,000 vulnerable households through monthly cash grants over the next five years. This program is a part of our integrated approach to malnutrition treatment, which aims to create sustainable solutions to hunger in Nigeria.

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