Northeast Nigeria Humanitarian Response: Monthly Health Sector Bulletin #12, December 2019

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Northeast Nigeria Humanitarian Response

5.3 million People in need of health care

5.0 million targeted by the Health Sector

1,815,174* IDPs in the three States

4.3 million people reached in 2019***


  • In Monguno LGA currently facing security challenges, huge IDP caseload and humanitarian needs, the health sector partners continued to respond to increased health needs that are partially associated with the arrival of IDPs from Gagiram, Marte, Guzamala, and Kukawa LGAs earlier in the year. The sector partners recorded notable increase in incidents of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) and skin infections, which can be linked to the poor hygiene conditions in IDP camps.

  • Access remains a challenge in many locations as humanitarian partners solely rely on UNHAS helicopters to reach the community. Humanitarian organizations have restricted their staff from using the road due to the prevailing insecurity.

  • During reporting period, partners in the health sector continued responding to the cholera outbreak declared in Adamawa State on 18 June. In December, more than 12 new cholera cases were reported,mainly from Yola North and Girei LGAs. The Total case count now stands at 851 with four deaths (CFR=0.47%).

  • The Health sector estimates that 5.5 million people across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states will need humanitarian health assistance during 2020. Continued health care delivery in all priority locations including IDP camps, will be needed, as well as extension of health services to hard-toreach areas and underserved communities.

  • In 2020, health partners will focus on the strengthening and expanding disease surveillance systems, enhancing outbreak prevention, preparedness and response capacities for key communicable diseases. They will also continue to support secondary health care services through streamlining and strengthening of the referral system from primary to secondary health care facilities.