Cholera and malnutrition worsened by insurgents
2,9 million people need drinking water
1,8 million people displaced in the country
3 million people are food insecure
196,545 people helped


Since 2009, armed groups such as the factions of Boko Haram have been raging in the north-east of the most populous country in Africa, particularly in Borno State, causing numerous population displacements.

Today, most people live in camps near major cities such as Maiduguri, Dikwa, NGala and Monguno.

In areas where stability is gradually returning, a major reconstruction and development effort is needed. The majority of the displaced still cannot return to their homes and must remain in camps where they must continue to support themselves. In addition, the regional military offensive against armed groups since May 2018 has led new people to flee to the cities.

The situation of the population in north-eastern Nigeria remains very worrying, with nearly 7 million people in need, without access to basic services or depleted resources. Alarming food insecurity only adds to inadequate access to water, sanitation, hygiene, and health care, creating extreme vulnerability in the event of outbreaks of waterborne diseases, such as cholera, which remain endemic.

  • 190 million inhabitants
  • 62,6% poverty rate
  • 152nd out of 188 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2016
  • Team 20 international staff
    147 national staff
  • Budget €3.5 M

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL operates in the state of Borno, in the cities of Maiduguri, Monguno, Ngala and Dikwa.

With a strong emergency response capacity, our teams are fighting to prevent malnutrition and recurrent epidemics of water-related diseases such as cholera, in parallel with more sustainable actions, with sustainable access to drinking water and food security as primary focus.

To deal with cholera, the teams provide an immediate response to counter them as quickly as possible. The disinfection of homes, chlorination of water points and the distribution of “cholera kits” help to curb epidemic peaks.

In order to ensure a response to the vital needs of populations in the most difficult to reach areas, the teams adopt an integrated approach. With a focus on improving conditions in water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter and essential household items, and food security, they meet the most urgent needs but also work over the longer term by also building or rehabilitating missing or non-functional infrastructure.

Innovations such as solar boreholes can bring a sustainable source of water to neglected or conflict affected communities. Long-term interventions on building people’s resilience (including their access to employment and food security) are starting to build bases for their future with populations affected by insecurity in the region.

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Our impact

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

82,100 people helped

– Providing health and nutrition centres with water treatment and purification infrastructure
– Rehabilitation of water sources
– Construction of latrines
– Water treatment


Cholera response

82,100 beneficiaries

– Hygiene promotion campaigns
– Emergency intervention plan in case of cholera epidemics

food security

Food security

– Distribution of food coupons
– Training in income generating activities

Should you have any questions, please contact Raphaëlle Goepfert.

Raphaëlle Goepfert


At head office