• Over 110,00 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) have been admitted to therapeutic feeding programmes in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, reaching 27 per cent of the target for 2016 (398,188).
• To protect against measles, more than 343,000 children have been vaccinated so far. Primary health care services have reached over 2.9 million people in affected states.
• More than 912,000 people have access to improved sanitation facilities, reaching almost 88 per cent of planned target (1.08 million).
• 38 per cent children (165,905) have benefitted from UNICEF supported psychosocial support (Tier 1 support which includes CFS based recreational activities for vulnerable, unaccompanied and separated children, and children associated with armed forces/group).
• In IDP camps, damaged school tents are being replaced by semipermanent structures, with 22 set up so far. Over 88,000 children have access to safe learning spaces while nearly 155,000 children have been reached with learning materials, especially focusing on girls to encourage school enrollment.
Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs
The scale up of critical life-saving interventions is constrained by limited access of the humanitarian community to the affected populations. Food security and nutrition remain the most urgent priorities for people across the affected states in north east (Borno, Yobe and Adamawa). The humanitarian community is scaling up its response as per the revised Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) which has total requirements amounting to US$ 484 million with just 26 per cent funding received for life-saving interventions. UNICEF has received only 31 per cent of its required funding of US$ 115 million with child protection, WASH and health critically underfunded.
Recently, the Minister of Health launched the national strategy of ‘One functional PHC’ per ward in Jiddari Primary Health care centre, one of the health facilities being supported by UNICEF with medical equipment and supplies. Sixty health facilities are to be equipped in Borno state with support from UNICEF to provide functional primary health care per ward.
According to Government sources, ten schools are being reopened in the newly accessible areas of Yunasari and Geidam LGAs in Yobe. UNICEF is closely coordinating with the State Ministry of Education to collect accurate information about the situation on ground regarding these education facilities, enrolment, out of school children and teachers. There is urgent need of school supplies as well as safe spaces where children can resume education and learning.