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Northeast Nigeria Humanitarian Response: Monthly Health Sector Bulletin #8, August 2019

Govt. Nigeria
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5.3 million People in need of health care

5.0 million targeted by the Health Sector

1,755,592* IDPs in the three States

4.4 million people reached in 2018


  • The joint efforts of the health partners have enabled mobile medical teams to deliver services to over 1.2 million people in 2019 and ongoing collaborations continue to increase this number. The expansion of mobile health interventions is essential to the provision of essential and primary health care services in this active armed conflict context. An estimated 300,000 people in hard-to-reach settlements across the three states Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states remain unreached and this number is expected to increase in the coming months.

  • During the current rainy season health partners are actively working to maintain uninterrupted health care services acroos all rains/floods affected areas.
    Priority preparedness and response activities are to support services delivery through health facilities and mobile clinics, pre-positioning of adequate health supplies and kits, immediate risk assessments in communities for the timely mitigation and response to disease outbreaks, vaccination/immunization, mental health and psycho-social support.

  • The gaps in referral services have been strongly flagged by the Health Sector partners currently providing PHC services as a key need specifically the inability of patients to receive critically needed health care in hospitals. Patients in need of critical secondary or tertiary care are unable to avail it due to access, distance and lack of resources to pay hospital fee and cost of medicines. Most at risk are pregnant mothers requiring emergency obstetric care as well as children with severe acute malnutrition and acute medical complications.