Nigerian Mother
A mother participates in USAID-funded program in northeastern Nigeria.
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Latest Lake Chad Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is responding to the complex emergency in the Lake Chad Basin region, including NigeriaCameroonChad, and Niger.

The Yobe State Commissioner for Health declared a cholera outbreak in Nigeria’s Bade Local Government Area in early April. Health actors recorded more than 340 suspected cholera cases in the state, more than 95 percent of which were from Bade, between March 28 and April 16.

In March, the UN World Food Program (WFP) expanded its pre-positioning capacity in Borno State in anticipation of increased access challenges during the upcoming May-to-October rainy season. In addition, USAID’s Office of Food for Peace partner WFP provided cash-based or in-kind emergency food assistance to an estimated 1.2 million people in northeastern Nigeria’s Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states during the month.

In mid-April, the UN Children’s Fund called for an end to attacks on schools in northeastern Nigeria, noting that Boko Haram elements have abducted more than 1,000 children in the region since 2013.

USAID/OFDA is responding to the complex emergency in the Lake Chad Basin region. Please visit our web page for additional information.


Continued Boko Haram-related insecurity has resulted in population displacement, disrupted livelihoods, food insecurity, and protection concerns in northeastern Nigeria—primarily Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states—since 2015. Insecurity, including attacks by Boko Haram and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria–West Africa, continues to restrict access to basic services, and both displaced people and vulnerable host communities are in need of emergency food assistance, safe drinking water, relief commodities, as well as health, nutrition, protection, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions. As of December 2017, the UN estimated that 7.7 million people in northeastern Nigeria required humanitarian assistance; of the population in need, approximately 2.6 million people were acutely food-insecure and 1.6 million people were displaced. The majority of internally displaced persons continue to reside in host communities, straining local resources and exacerbating needs among displaced and host populations. On September 25, 2017, U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington re-declared a disaster for FY 2018 due to the ongoing complex emergency in Nigeria.

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Last updated: April 24, 2018

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