Attacks by Boko Haram continued in the Diffa region on several villages, with targeted abduction, lootings and cattle thefts. Intercommunity tensions also continued.
UNICEF co-funded the provision of NFI assistance to 347 displaced households in Maina Kaderi site, in partnership with IRC and as part of an in-kind contribution to the Rapid Response Project implemented in Diffa region.
As of the end of September floods have affected over 206,000 people in several regions. In coordination with the NFI Working Group, UNICEF, the General Directorate for Civil Protection and the Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Disaster Relief provided NFI assistance to 1,011 households in the Dosso region, 1,005 households in Agadez region, while in Diffa region 151 households were assisted in partnership with IRC. Since the beginning of the rainy season UNICEF has supported 4,650 families (31,392 people)
1,955 cases of hepatitis E, including 38 deaths, were recorded in the Diffa region as of end of September. While a significant reduction in cases has been observed since July 10th , UNICEF continues the support a multisectoral response (WASH, communication for development and health)
As of 1st October (week 39), UNICEF and partners admitted 251,008 children under 5 years suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) to health facilities across the country (76.7% of the 2017 revised caseload).
Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs
As of end September, the Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Disaster Relief (MAH/GC) estimated that floods had affected over 206,000 people for the 2017 rainy season, with 56 deaths and over 12,000 houses were destroyed. In particular, during the 2017 season both rain and river floods were registered, and amongst the most severely affected departments was the Gaya department, considered a hotspot for cholera, which was the only department in Niger in 2016 to register some few cholera cases, and which is bordering Kebbi region, one of the most affected by cholera in Nigeria in 2017.
UNICEF supported the government for an NFI response to 4,650 households (31,392 people), a WASH response to Gaya department (distribution of water treatment products, disinfection of water points, sensitization on prevention of waterborne disease including cholera), and support to affected schools in Tera and Gaya.
UNICEF regularly updated its contingency plan for the areas bordering Mali, and participated in the 2nd multisectoral humanitarian evaluation mission to Tahoua region, Tassara department. The mission confirmed the increased vulnerability of populations following the activation of the emergency status, as much as in the affected departments in Tillabery region.
UNICEF produced a multisectoral action plan and is currently fundraising for its implementation.
In Agadez region, the forced return of Niger nationals from Algeria continues. UNICEF pursued the collaboration with IOM and the regional decentralized technical services in order to provide assistance to 2 separated and 2 unaccompanied children identified amongst the newly arrived. The assistance included psychosocial support and the provision of NFI kits. In addition, UNICEF also provides incinerator, Vitamin A supplementation, nutritional screening, deworming and antenatal care for pregnant women.