Cholera and malnutrition worsened by insurgents
1.8 Internally displaced people in the North East
7.1 million people in need in the North East
3.6 million people need drinking water in the Nort East
303,704 people helped


Since 2009, insecurity is growing in the North-East of the most populated African country, notably in Borno state, due to the exactions committed by armed groups such as Boko Haram’s factions. This resulted in the displacement of more than 1,8M persons in Borno.

The displaced are living majorly in camps located in major cities (delimitated by trenches dug by the Nigerian army), such as Maiduguri, Dikwa, NGala and Monguno where SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is intervening.

The majority of the displaced population is still unable to return to their village of origin and are thus dependant on humanitarian assistance to cover their basic needs and services. The volatility of the security context causes continuous displacement of populations towards the safest cities. This worsens the over congestions issues inside the camps and the related hygiene risks. The space constraints imposed by the trenches raised new needs in terms of access to shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene.

Access to basic services and resources is still critical for the 7 million people in need. The striking food insecurity is combined with insufficient access to water, hygiene and sanitation, as well as access to health services.  This environment leads to an extreme vulnerability of the population to waterborne diseases such as cholera, who is still endemic in the region.

  • 212.8 million inhabitants
  • 62,6% poverty rate
  • 158th out of 189 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2016
  • Team 23 international staff
    217 national staff
  • Budget €8,1 M

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

The approach of  SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL revolves around the response to the urgent needs in water, hygiene, sanitation, food security and shelter as well as the prevention and response to outbreaks. Aside from the emergency response, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL develops early recovery projects notably to restore the livelihoods of the population. This flexibility of approach is a necessity considering the very unstable context characterised by important movements of population, both displacements and returns.

Thanks to a high response capacity to emergency, SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL’s teams are working in coordination with health actors to fight against malnutrition and waterborne disease outbreaks (for example cholera).

The response implemented by the team to counter cholera outbreaks include the disinfection of households, chlorination of water points, and the distribution of “cholera kits”. In addition, SOIDARITES INTERNATIONAL ensures the coordination of the Cholera Task Force in the Borno State.

To ensure the basic needs of the populations in the most hard to reach areas, the teams adopted an integrated approach aiming at improving water, hygiene and sanitation, shelter and non-food items conditions. These interventions answer the most urgent needs, while promoting a longer-term impact by building/rehabilitating durable infrastructures.

Furthermore, the drilling of boreholes or installation of generators or of solar equipment on infrastructures ensures the sustainability of the access to drinkable water.

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European Union (ECHO), OFDA, Centre de Crise et de Soutien, European Union Delegation, World Food Programme, OCHA

Consortium: ALIMA, INTERSOS, ACTED, REACH, , PUI, TdH, Tufts University


Our impact

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

256,174 people helped (including cholera response)

– WASH & HEALTH: Providing health and nutrition centres with water treatment and purification and sanitation infrastructure
– Construction and Rehabilitation of deep and shallow boreholes and other water points
– Construction and rehabilitation of latrines and showers
– Hygiene Promotion
– Hygiene kits distribution
– Emergency water trucking


Cholera response

– Hygiene promotion campaigns for prevention
– Contingency planning and preparedness
– Disease outbreaks response within 72h (household spraying, cholera kit distribution, water testing and chlorination of water points,..)
– Lead of the Cholera Task Force in the Borno State.

food security

Food security

16,415 poeple helped

– Distribution of food vouchers during lean season
– Income generating activities (kits distribution and training)
– Livestock distribution (sheeps and goats)
– Seeds and tools distribution to restart agricultural activities


31,115 poeple helped

– Distribution of shelter kits
– Construction of shelter
– Distribution of non-food items

Should you have any questions, please contact Raphaëlle Goepfert.

Raphaëlle Goepfert


At head office