Submitted by admin on June 03, 2019

Noma in Nigeria: "The resilience of our patients is astounding"

I had only a faint memory of the name of the disease I had heard during my medical schooling. Noma? Cancrum Oris?

I couldn’t quite remember…


Sometime in 2011, I attended a meeting organised by the Association of Plastic Surgeons near my hometown in India. There I heard a motivational presentation about MSF’s medical humanitarian work in various countries. Immediately after the meeting I approached the speaker and initiated the process to start working with MSF.


Nigeria: “I have not seen such high numbers of measles cases”

Five-year-old Mustapha Osman is receiving fluids intravenously in the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) measles unit inside State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri, Borno State. He arrived for treatment just over three days ago, and should be ready for discharge in a few days. “He’s one of the lucky ones to be discharged so quickly from the hospital,” says Dr Muhammad Abdullahi as he scribbles next treatment steps for his young patient. “Most children we see are admitted for days, if not weeks.

Submitted by admin on January 16, 2019

Nigeria: “All I have in this world are the clothes on my back”

For the almost two million people forced to leave their homes in northeastern Nigeria over the past nine years, the emergency in the region is far from over, and people continue to be displaced by the violence on a daily basis. Caught up in a long-running conflict, many people in Borno and Yobe states struggle to find food, water or shelter and are reliant on humanitarian assistance for survival.  

Nigeria: Critical humanitarian situation unfolding among internally displaced people in Bama, Borno state

Abuja/Paris – Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has started emergency nutritional and paediatric activities in Bama, Borno state, in response to a critical humanitarian situation among newly arrived internally displaced people (IDPs). 

Lack of adequate assistance, including access to shelter and healthcare, is having severe consequences for young children arriving in the town. MSF calls on authorities to urgently provide adequate assistance for the population, before the situation deteriorates further. 

Nigeria: MSF is scaling up efforts to contain cholera in Maiduguri

Maiduguri, Nigeria: The international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is scaling up its ongoing efforts to prevent further deaths and the spread of cholera in Maiduguri. The organisation is working in coordination with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other organisations that are responding to the outbreak in the city. 

Nigeria: On the move and unable to move because of the conflict

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian armed forces in the northeast of the country. Some of them have already lived for years in their temporary homes. Others are on the move from one place to another. All of them recount a life full of hardships in search of a glimmer of hope. These are some of their stories in the towns of Pulka and Banisheikh, Borno state.

“By the time we left, we had suffered a lot. We were very scared. It took us two days to reach here by foot.

Nigeria, meningitis C: “The lack of diagnostics and available treatments are the main challenges”

Interview with Bart Bardock, Nigeria Emergency Response Unit (NERU) Project Coordinator. NERU has been working since February in Nigeria’s Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi and Niger states collecting samples, doing surveillance work and supporting the national vaccination campaign to reduce the impact of the latest meningitis C outbreak.

How is MSF Nigeria Emergency Response Unit responding to the current meningitis outbreak in Nigeria’s Sokoto and Zamfara states?

Nigeria: Fighting the worst meningitis C outbreak since 2008

Thousands of men, women, and children in northern Nigeria have been affected by a meningitis C outbreak, reportedly the largest to hit the country in the past nine years. Almost six months after the first cases were recorded in Zamfara State, Nigeria’s Ministry of Health (MoH) is still struggling to fight this epidemic in seven states of the country. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has supported the health authorities with surveillance and case management in the most-affected locations since February, when the outbreak was officially declared.