Diffa, Niger: a region devastated by the Boko Haram crisis


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The needs of refugees and displaced people in Diffa region continue to mount as the country strives to stem child mortality and outbreak of epidemics such as measles, meningitis and hepatitis E.

Niger continues to suffer the consequences of the ongoing conflict in the Lake Chad region. To improve healthcare for displaced people, host communities and the population at large - in particular children - we continue to work with the Ministry of Health and community health workers to deliver integrated health programmes throughout the country.

MSF teams are currently responding to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Niger.

Key Activities

In 2018
Diffa. Preventing the spread of hepatitis E
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Preventing the spread of hepatitis


Responding to a Hepatitis E outbreak in Diffa Niger

November 2017

The case fatality rate of hepatitis E in Niger’s Diffa region has reduced since the declaration of the outbreak by the authorities in mid-April 2017. The disease, which shares symptoms with other more common illnesses, initially caused a high number of deaths, particularly among pregnant women. Since the beginning of the epidemic, MSF has been supporting health authorities with the treatment of patients at the mother and child health centre in Diffa town where 354 women and children were admitted from 2 January to 1 October. At community level, in several health centres, health posts and in villages, the organization, together with the Ministry of Health, supported the treatment of more than 1400 people.

Medical and mental healthcare for people displaced by violence in the Lake Chad area.
Lake Chad Crisis

Lake Chad: Populations fleeing Boko Haram violence

Crisis Update 20 Aug 2015

critical situation in Diffa as hunger gap and malaria season approach

Project Update 14 Jul 2015
Niger: thousands facing precarious conditions after being forced to leave Lake Chad
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Around Lake Chad: People living in fear

1 Jul 2015
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Chad - Medical care for people fleeing Boko Haram attacks
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

Lake Chad: Waves of displacement and fear

Project Update 19 Jun 2015
Meningitis epidemics in Lazaret centre in Niamey

Meningitis epidemic on the decline

Crisis Update 10 Jun 2015

“They need somewhere to settle in peace to regain their dignity”

Voices from the Field 9 Jun 2015

Vaccine shortages causing delay in the fight against meningitis

Voices from the Field 27 May 2015
Meningitis Epidemic in Niger

‘It was chaos – the hospital was full to bursting’

Voices from the Field 21 May 2015

1200 Nigerian refugees flee fighting in Lake Chad and return to Nigeria

Crisis Update 12 May 2015
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