SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is acting in Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria, which is gathering the most affected people by the food crisis that is hitting the north of the country, and is worsened by the exactions of Boko Haram. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL focuses on the Monguno area‘s local community and displaced people, and in the Maiduguri area, particularly in the Muna Garaje district.
Acting on water to fight against malnutrition
In the cities of Monguno and Maiduguri, particularly in Muna Garaje district, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL with its partner, a medical NGO , is doing its best to reduce malnutrition rates, especially of under-5-year children, alongside host communities and displaced people.
To do so, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL equips nutrition and healthcare centers with water treatment and sanitation systems.
In parallel, in host communities in both cities and in the camp in which 40,000 displaced people are living, within the walls of an old school in the city of Monguno, our teams are renovating water points, building toilets and working on water treatment solutions.
Water and malnutrition are closely linked. Allowing populations to drink healthy water and to have acceptable hygiene conditions helps avoid the rise in malnutrition cases.
Avoiding a cholera epidemic
Cholera is a real threat in northern Nigeria. A cholera epidemic added to important malnutrition rates would have fatal consequences, which is why SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is organising a preventive response, notably with hygiene awareness campaigns.
Reducing food insecurity
In Maiduguri and especially Muna Garaje, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is implementing cash distribution programmes with vouchers (particularly for families with acute-malnourished children) to permit food access to the most vulnerable populations. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL aims to reduce significant food insecurity in the area.
The other important line is that our team is acting on the stabilisation and safeguarding of livelihoods, to empower populations and decrease their dependence on food assistance, and furthermore, to reduce food insecurity.
Photo credits: © Thomas Gruel / SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL.