- Approximately 2.4 million people remain internally displaced across the Lake Chad Basin
- Authorities in Nigeria’s Borno and Yobe states declare cholera outbreaks
- USG provides $435 million in FY 2018 to respond to urgent humanitarian needs in the region
- In FY 2018, the U.S. Government (USG) provided approximately $435 million to support the humanitarian response in the Lake Chad Basin region, comprising areas of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. The figure includes approximately $135 million from USAID/OFDA, approximately $238 million from USAID/FFP, and more than $62 million from State/PRM. With nearly $944 million in FY 2017–2018 humanitarian funding, the USG remains the largest donor to the Lake Chad Basin response.
- Boko Haram and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-West Africa attacks continue to prompt civilian casualties and conflict-related displacement. As of late September, an estimated 2.4 million people remained internally displaced throughout the Lake Chad Basin, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports.
- The UN World Health Organization (WHO) describes the current cholera outbreak in the Lake Chad Basin as the worst in the region since 2010, emphasizing that cholera outbreaks in northeastern Nigeria and southern Niger have resulted in increased health and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs.
- Acute food insecurity persists throughout the Lake Chad Basin, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). FEWS NET anticipates Crisis—IPC 3—and Emergency—IPC 4—levels of acute food insecurity to continue in parts of northeastern Nigeria, including most of Borno State, through January 2019; populations in some areas of Niger’s Diffa Region will face Stressed—IPC 2—and Crisis levels of acute food insecurity during the same period.5 Stressed conditions are also likely to continue in Cameroon’s Far North Region and Chad’s Lac Region through January, FEWS NET reports.