UNICEF Niger Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report, 26 June 2013
As of 20 June, an estimated 6,240 people have crossed the border into Niger in the region of Diffa from Nigeria. This follows the declaration of a state of emergency in three federal states in neighbouring Nigeria early June.
As of 9 June, 150,524 children under-five have been admitted to therapeutic feeding centres for severe acute malnutrition (SAM), while another 200,052 have been receiving treatment for moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Nutritional status is still under control but fragile given the increasing food prices observed due to, amongst others, political insecurity in neighbouring Mali and Nigeria.
On 10 May 2013, the government of Niger officially declared a cholera epidemic. As of 16 June, a cumulative number of 323 cases including 10 deaths (with a case fatality rate of 3.1 percent) have been reported. With the support of donors in country (AECID and probably ECHO), UNICEF and its operational partners (CISP, MSF, and Samaritan Purse) are responding to the epidemics.
Despite the fact that protection issues are on the rise in camps, funding is not forthcoming. US$585,000 need to be mobilized for this sector. Gender-Based Violence, Children Associated with Armed Forces and other armed Groups, Separated and Unaccompanied Children, and psychosocial distress affecting children remain threats to their well-being that need to be addressed through prevention, tracing and/or treatment.
To ensure that vulnerable populations have equitable access to WASH facilities and are not deprived of their rights, UNICEF is advocating to immediately mobilize approximately US$6,777,000 for this sector. As of 22 June 2013, only 6% of the 2013 WASH funding requirements have been met.
Due to lack of funding and despite the increasing number of admissions in CRENI/CRENAS, UNICEF activities have been hampered and the distribution of hygiene kits in CRENI/CRENAS has been interrupted.