Nutrition and Food Security; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; and Protection
Focusing on internally displaced persons and host community residents in conflict-affected communities in northeast Nigeria, International Medical Corps is responding to needs involving nutrition, food security, protection, and water, hygiene and sanitation. Together with the UN’s World Food Program (WFP), International Medical Corps is working to improve household food security by distributing supplementary food to an estimated 176,000 people in Borno State, the epicenter of the current food crisis, which could potentially spiral into famine conditions. In addition to providing treatment for malnutrition in conflict-affected communities, we train local residents to serve as community health volunteers and community health extension workers, equipping them with the skills to screen children for malnutrition, administer treatment (providing ready-to-use therapeutic food) and follow up on their progress.
In Cameroon, International Medical Corps is delivering emergency medical, nutrition and mental health care services to Nigerian refugees in Minawao camp. We also provide gender-based violence prevention and response services, as well as child protection activities for women, girls and boys in the camp, which is home to some 56,000 Nigerian refugees. In addition, we respond to the needs of Cameroonians displaced by ongoing violence in the Far North Region of the country, providing them with medical care, nutrition services, disease surveillance, gender-based violence prevention and protection, and access to water and sanitation.
In Chad, International Medical Corps is collaborating with the Ministry of Health to provide health centers with primary healthcare, maternal health and nutrition support to more than 20 health facilities in the Lac Region, where Boko Haram attacks continue to compromise the well-being of local communities. This includes managing the nutrition stabilization center at Bagasola Hospital and offering medical and nutrition services to Nigerian refugees in in Dar es Salam camp.