The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) is providing emergency medical care to thousands of displaced children suffering from severe malnutrition and a deadly measles outbreak in northern Nigeria. Following a United Nations alert in May about the dire situation of people displaced by conflict in north eastern Nigeria, ALIMA conducted an exploratory mission in Monguno, a city in Borno state where more than 150,000 displaced people are seeking refuge. ALIMA found alarming high rates of acute malnutrition and increased risk of death. Working alongside the Ministry of Health, ALIMA supported the vaccination of children against measles.
ALIMA has now deployed additional resources including a full international medical team and opened a clinic to provide urgent medical care to displaced people in Monguno. ALIMA medical teams have already treated large numbers of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition and continues to care for dozens of patients each day. A deadly measles epidemic is raging and ALIMA has treated over 700 cases in Monguno. ALIMA is also preparing to provide medical support to others in need in Borno State.
In Monguno, ALIMA is helping to lead the medical humanitarian response.”
Zadi is just one of more than 1,600 children that ALIMA (The Alliance for International Medical Action) and partners have enrolled in the malnutrition program since the clinic opened in August.
“We are seeing more than 30 new SAM [severe acute malnutrition] cases each week,” said Nicolas Mouly, ALIMA’s project coordinator in Muna. “There is no way to avoid malnutrition here. There is not enough food or water in Muna. The living conditions are poor and make people more susceptible to disease.”
More than 1.5 million people have been displaced by fighting in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State. To help meet their growing medical and nutritional needs, the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) has rapidly scaled up its operations in the region over the past month.