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A million children under 5 die every year
Malnutrition|Boko Haram attacks|Polio
More than a million children under five die unnecessarily every year in Nigeria. Thirty-five per cent of these children die due to causes attributable to malnutrition, which makes Nigeria one of the six countries that account for half of all child deaths from malnutrition worldwide.
Since 2011, Boko Haram has been waging violent attacks on civilians across northern Nigeria, which has claimed thousands of lives, destroyed whole villages and forced thousands more to flee across the border into neighbouring countries.
Despite the security situation International Medical Corps has continued to deliver lifesaving nutrition projects and immunisation campaigns for those in the greatest need in Kano and Borno states.
Food: Many children who have severe acute malnutrition can be effectively treated in their communities. That is why we are leading a community-based approach to malnutrition in Nigeria. Nutritious, therapeutic food is given to children at home to promote quick recovery and prevent life-threatening medical complications. The community is actively engaged in diagnosing moderately and severely malnourished children at a very early stage by a simple arm measurement. International Medical Corps is further preventing and treating acute malnutrition amongst children in northern Nigeria and helping pregnant and breastfeeding women to keep their babies healthy.
Training: We are strengthening local capacity by training the State Ministry of Health staff in prevention, screening and treatment of acute malnutrition, while also training community volunteers and health workers to prevent, respond and refer acute malnutrition cases.
Vaccinations: International Medical Corps is working to increase rates of routine immunisation in the communities where we work, for children under 5 years of age. This includes efforts to mobilise the community behind efforts to eradicate polio.
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