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UNICEF Niger Humanitarian Situation Report, April 2017

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  • In Diffa region, 8 security incidents caused 69 casualties, including 12 civilians. On April 9th, Boko Haram attacked again the health centre of Boudoum and looted medicines, and plumpynut. On another incident, in Gueskerou, a major attack to an army post, by heavily armed Boko Haram, caused 57 casualties on the side of the assailants and a few injured soldiers from the national army.

  • As of 16th of April, 69,862 children under 5 years suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) have been admitted in health facilities for therapeutic care across the country (28% of the estimated 2017 caseload).

  • At the end of April, Niger recorded 2,857 cases of Meningitis including 169 deaths, a cumulative lethality of 5.9%. A response campaign is underway by the Ministry of Public Health with the support of partners including UNICEF.

  • On April 19th the Ministry of Health declared a Viral Hepatitis E outbreak in the Diffa region, affecting mostly displacement sites. As of April 30th, 231 cases and 25 deaths were recorded. UNICEF is supporting the multisectoral response with WASH, communication for development and health activities.

  • 6,440,940 children (100% of targeted) have been vaccinated against polio from 22nd to 25th of April during a national campaign. This included 41,102 displaced children reached in the Diffa region, out of which 546 vaccinated for the first time. The children also received Vitamin A and benefitted from deworming.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

Simultaneous humanitarian crises continue to have a major impact on children and families in Niger in 2017. 3 regions are affected by the humanitarian consequences of insecurity. Epidemic outbreaks continue to hit the country as well, including meningitis C, measles and, since April, the new outbreak of Hepatitis E in the conflict-affected Diffa region. The lean season is approaching and the fodder deficit has impacted families, schools and entire communities. In partnership with government and NGOs, and through multisector and coordinated efforts, UNICEF continues to provide assistance to the most vulnerable populations immediately after a shock, as well as longer terms interventions for more durable solutions. Major efforts have gone into the multisectoral response to the humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin area, the Diffa region, and the response to epidemic outbreaks, particularly the Viral Hepatitis E in the Diffa region.