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“Today, we are facing a most dramatic situation for children living in northeastern Nigeria,” says Dabagai Dabagai, director of Action Against Hunger in Nigeria. “Projections for 2021 show acute malnutrition rates require immediate action to save lives. Between insecurity, displacement, lack of access to food and hygiene, as well as inadequate health care practices, the factors leading to this disease are numerous.”
Promoting adequate infant and young child feeding practices, immediate access to treatment, as well as strengthening community detection of acute malnutrition, access to water, hygiene and sanitation, and improving the immunisation coverage are among the recommendations of the IPC analysis.
Unfortunately, the current level of insecurity does not allow humanitarians to implement all of these recommendations leaving many, especially children under five at risk. The recent events in Damasak, where our stabilisation centre for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition was burnt down and our colleagues targeted, prove that the security situation is deteriorating.
“We call on the government and international donors to ensure that humanitarians can safely reach all people in need across northeast Nigeria. In the light of current analyses, without actions, we foresee a dark future,” concludes Dabagai Dabagai.
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