Some 3.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Borno state, and all are at risk for malaria. WHO estimates that every week, around 8500 people are infected with the disease in the state alone.
With 8.2 million people in need of urgent assistance in the most affected areas, agencies gathering at the Oslo conference tomorrow call for US$1.5 billion to provide essential services and rebuild livelihoods.
While food assistance to vulnerable populations was scaled up dramatically, the needs are still great in a region where farmers have been unable to tend to their fields for three years due to conflict.
Food shortages and weak purchasing power will limit food availability and access, particularly for the urban poor and for households with ill or deceased family members, in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.