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


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 populations, 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.

These focus on both the treatment and prevention of diseases, especially malnutrition and malaria, inside and outside formal health structures.

Key Activities

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.


MSF's dual response to an expected nutritional crisis

Project Update 30 Mar 2012

Reducing Childhood Mortality in Niger: The Role of Nutritious Foods

Report 24 May 2011
Child health

Child mortality observed to be 50% lower with better food

Press Release 24 May 2011
War and conflict

Support to health facilities in the Middle East and North Africa

Project Update 23 Mar 2011

Niger between two seasons of hunger

Voices from the Field 4 Feb 2011

Letter from the field: Satisfactions and sadness in Niger's intensive care malnutrition centres

Voices from the Field 4 Feb 2011

After vaccination campaign, hopes of a substantial reduction in meningitis A epidemics in Niger

Project Update 6 Jan 2011

Interview: Dr. Cathy Hewison discusses 'revolutionary' Meningitis vaccine

Voices from the Field 6 Dec 2010
Burkina Faso

MSF to support roll-out of promising new vaccine for meningitis

Press Release 6 Dec 2010