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8.5 million

people directly affected by attacks in the North East

1,8 million

internally displaced people


The armed conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government forces began in 2009, in the north-east of the country before spreading to the region of Lake Chad and the neighbouring regions. Since 2015, the Joint Multinational Force combining troops from Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Benin have succeeded in reclaiming many Boko Haram strongholds.  But the group has continued to carry out suicide attacks against civilians.



Violations of human rights and the rights of man, insecurity and fear have caused a major humanitarian crisis. Nigeria has 1.8 million displaced people (of whom 54% are women and 56% are children) and the resources of host communities are severely stretched. So cases of malnutrition are increasing in the North-East of the country and some 55,000 people are affected by famine in the state of Borno. But access to care is extremely limited, since the provision of supplies to those health centres which are still functioning is difficult and many of the medical staff have been attacked or displaced.

Managing a baby in the MdM mobile clinic © Leslie Wright
Managing a baby in the MdM mobile clinic © Leslie Wright


Doctors of the World has been involved  in the north-east of Nigeria since the end of 2016 with the aim of improving access to care for vulnerable populations,  whether  they are displaced or natives of the region.  Two mobiles clinics have been set up to cover the camps of Maiduguri and the area around the capital of Borno State. Our teams offer primary and sexual and reproductive healthcare as well as quality nutritional treatment.


A consultation in one of our mobile clinics © Leslie Wright
A consultation in one of our mobile clinics © Leslie Wright

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