Fighting Epidemics and Waterborne Diseases in Northern Nigeria

Published on Tuesday 31 January 2023

Conflict, climate change, lack of access to basic services… Northern Nigeria is in the grip of a multidimensional crisis that is forcing thousands of people to flee their homes. These families settle in camps and/or communities that often lack the structures, particularly health facilities that are necessary for safe and dignified reception. As a result, epidemics such as cholera are on the increase.

Faced with this situation, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has set up a Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) with the support of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO). This project enables the population to be helped quickly and as close as possible to their needs.

In the state of Zamfara in particular, members of our NGO, from within the community, have made the population aware of the practices to be respected: hand washing, water purification, use of toilets, etc. Hygiene promotion also involves the distribution of hygiene kits and the construction of latrines in certain households.

“Before, our community was one of the areas most affected by cholera, but thanks to the intervention of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL […], the number of cases has decreased considerably,” says Rashida M., a mother of three.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s work in northern Nigeria under this project has benefited 185,000 people.

  • 216.7 million inhabitants
  • 163rd out of 191 countries on the Human Development Index
  • 196,907 people helped

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