Lake Chad Basin - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #15, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

Report
from US Agency for International Development
Published on 12 May 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

• WFP provides assistance to 1.1 million people in Nigeria’s Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states in April amid funding constraints
• UN leadership advocates for increased donor support to the Nigeria humanitarian response
• Nigerian authorities secure the release of 82 girls from Boko Haram in Borno
• Government of Niger declares a hepatitis E outbreak in Diffa

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

• Populations across northeastern Nigeria continue to experience acute food insecurity, high acute malnutrition levels, and increased risks of excess mortality, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). The onset of the May-to-October rainy season—which complicates road access—could potentially further limit humanitarian access and relief operations in some areas of the region. The UN and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in northeastern Nigeria are developing contingency plans for the rainy season and expanding storage capacity in Borno State to facilitate the delivery of food and other humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations.

• In early May, international media reported that Nigerian authorities had secured the release of 82 girls abducted by Boko Haram militants in Borno’s Chibok Local Government Area (LGA) in 2014.

• Between early January and late April, health officials in Niger’s conflict-affected Diffa Region recorded more than 160 suspected hepatitis E cases, including 25 related deaths.
The Government of Niger declared a hepatitis E outbreak in Diffa in mid-April.

• The UN World Food Program (WFP) is providing in-kind emergency food assistance—including nutrient-enriched food for vulnerable populations experiencing acute malnutrition—in Cameroon's Far North Region, where the prevalence of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) has exceeded emergency thresholds in some areas, according to the UN. USAID/FFP has provided $12 million to WFP to support nutrition interventions in Far North in FY 2017 to date.