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Malnutrition emergency response in eastern Nigeria

20 July 2016

The displaced population in Bama camp is estimated between 10 000 to 12 000 people. Photo: Claire Magone/MSF

Muna camp. Gwangue therapeutic feeding center. Photo: Claire Magone/MSF

People are queuing for screening. Photo: Claire Magone/MSF

Muna camp in Maiduguri. Photo: Claire Magone/MSF

People are queuing for screening. Photo: Claire Magone/MSF

Our monitoring teams have discovered three days ago an ongoing measles outbreak in the displaced camp called Arabic Teaching College, which houses about 4,000 displaced in tents and buildings. 84 cases have been recorded in three days among the new arrivals from Mafe LGA. Photo: Claire Magone/MSF

Mothers and child in Arabic Teaching Hospital. Photo: Claire Magone/MSF

Our medical team has found that the measles children rubbed shoulders with other children, and that many of them were malnourished. Photo: Claire Magone/MSF

The health situation is critical in several cities in Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, where malnutrition affects a very large number of children. Photo: Claire Magone/MSF

Muna camp in Maiduguri. Photo: Claire Magone/MSF

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The health situation in Borno State in northeast Nigeria is critical. At least 500,000 people who are either displaced or cut off in enclaves outside state capital Maiduguri are in urgent need of food, medical care, drinking water and shelter. Aid agencies must deploy a massive relief operation to respond to this health disaster.