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MSF intervention in Maimusari

22 July 2016

For the first time, a Médecins Sans Frontières team went to Dikwa, a town 90km from Maiduguri in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, to carry out a nutrition assessment on children under the age of 5 years. Photo: Benoit Finck/MSF

Ambulatory Therapeutic Feeding Center in Maimusari health center. Photo: Benoit Finck/MSF

Every day, medical team is doing about 500 consultations as well as 300 prenatal consultations and 10 deliveries. Photo: Benoit Finck/MSF

Ambulatory Therapeutic Feeding Center in Maimusari health center. Every day, medical team is doing about 500 consultations as well as 300 prenatal consultations and 10 deliveries. Photo: Benoit Finck/MSF

On the morning of 20th July alone, they identified 34 children who required hospitalisation and a further 663 severely malnourished cases. Photo: Benoit Finck/MSF

Between 500 000 to 800 000 people, mainly displaced or living in enclaves, receive very little food and have extremely limited access to medical care. Photo: Benoit Finck/MSF

Medical consultations in Maimusari health center. Every day, medical team is doing about 500 consultations as well as 300 prenatal consultations and 10 deliveries. Photo: Benoit Finck/MSF

Medical consultations in Maimusari health center. Photo: Benoit Finck/MSF

Medicine distribution in Maimusari health center. Photo: Benoit Finck/MSF

Medicine distribution in Maimusari health center. Photo: Benoit Finck/MSF

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Between 500 000 to 800 000 people, mainly displaced or living in enclaves, receive very little food and have extremely limited access to medical care. Since the Nigerian army took over major cities and towns in Borno State from the hands of the forces of Boko Haram, a serious deterioration in the health situation appeared during assessments by UN agencies.

In Bama, the second city of Borno, MSF observed very high mortality rate. Bama is now a ghost town, accessible only with an escort of the army. The displaced population, estimated at about 10 000 people, is regrouped in a camp which is located within the walls of an abandoned hospital.