UNICEF Niger Humanitarian Situation Report, June 2017

Report
from UN Children's Fund
Published on 31 Jul 2017

Highlights

  • On June 28th a suicide attack in the Kablewa IDP camp in the Diffa region killed 6 people and injured 11. The estimated 16,000 IDPs present in the camp fled and spread around several existing spontaneous sites. UNICEF participates in the coordination of the first evaluations and responses.

  • In 2 incidents in the villages of N’gourtouaand Abounga,t eachers have been targeted by Boko Haram. Overall 27 schools have been identified as schools at risks in the area. These 27 schools closed one week before the official end of the school year because of the growing threat of Boko Haram on teachers in the affected areas

  • Heavy rains on June 13th caused floods in the country. In Niamey the floods caused 11 casualties and 797 households were affected, out of which 432 had to be installed in 3 schools. In the Tillabery region 599 households were affected. UNICEF supported the government for the provision of NFIs to 599 housholds in the Tillabery region.

  • 1,075 cases of hepatitis E, including 33 deaths, were recorded in the Diffa region. UNICEF is supporting a multisectoral response with WASH, communication for development and health activities. So far in 2017, UNICEF and partners admitted 134,043 children under 5 years suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in health facilities across the country (54% of the estimated 2017 caseload).

247,500 Children affected by SAM nationwide (HNO 2017)

80,308 Refugee children from Nigeria and returnees from Niger affected, out of

120,692 Refugees and returnees from Nigeria (Source DREC, May 2017, covering 97 sites)

84,705 Internally displaced children, out of

127,299 Internally displaced people (Source DREC, May 2017, covering 97 sites)

UNICEF Appeal 2017
US$ 37 million

Requirements for Lake Chad Basin Crisis 2017
US $15 million

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

Simultaneous humanitarian crises continue to have a major impact on children and families in Niger in 2017. Niger continues to battle outbreaks, including meningitis C, measles and since April, the outbreak of hepatitis E virus (HEV) in the conflict-affected Diffa region. The new suicide attacks in the Kablewa IDP camp caused major population movements in a region where security had slightly improved and authorities and humanitarian community have already started a profound analysis and planning for longer term interventions. While emergency capacity still needs to be maintained, the shared view is that common efforts should be put in place to define a strategy of support for the return of the almost 250,000 IDPs, refugees and Nigeriens who fled Nigeria. As for the hepatitis E outbreak in Diffa, the weekly trend shows a rapid increase in cases at week 16, peaking at week 19 and falling gradually from week 23. Pattern of the HEV cases as well as the bacteriological analyses of the water sources show that HEV contamination is not originating from water sources, neither propagated through water collection. The origin, the breeding points as well as the propagation mode have not been identified yet.