Why are we there?

  • Endemic/epidemic disease
  • Health care exclusion

Our work

This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:

Rising insecurity further limited already inadequate health services were in the north.

At MSF’s obstetric program at Jahun hospital, some 6,800 women gave birth and another 284 underwent fistula repair surgery. In Sokoto state, staff offered basic health care, maternal care, pediatric services, vaccinations, and malnutrition treatment in and around Goronyo, carrying out more than 70,000 pediatric consultations and 28,500 antenatal consultations. The emergency team also treated tens of thousands of patients following malaria, measles, and cholera outbreaks.

After flooding in the east, MSF provided basic and emergency health care to affected people, particularly children and pregnant women, and distributed hygiene kits and mosquito nets.

In Zamfara state, a team has treated 2,500 children for lead poisoning linked to unsafe mining practices since 2010. MSF has also advocated for the sustained remediation effort necessary to remove the threat from the area, which finally began in early 2013.

MSF provides basic health services, emergency care, and maternal care in Lagos’ Badia and Makoko slums. It withdrew from a floating clinic in the Riverine lagoon settlement after providing nearly 20,000 consultations and receiving assurances that the MOH would keep up activities.

MSF also closed its trauma center in Port Harcourt after tensions in the Niger Delta eased, having carried out 9,000 emergency consultations and treated 500 victims of sexual violence in 2012 alone.

A consultation at the Aiyetoro health centre, Makoko, Lagos. © Silvia Fernàndez /MSF

At the end of 2012, MSF had 971 staff in Nigeria. MSF has been working in the country since 1996.

Patient story

Rabi, 17 years old, celebrates her discharge from the Jahun hospital fistula repair program:

"And what of that sick woman who arrived here many days ago? What of her that suffered many days with labor pains, only to see a stillborn baby, and after her wrapper cloth always wet?

What of the way that her husband turned from her, repulsed by the leaking urine, what of her family who would no longer touch the food that she cooked? What of that chair, the one everyone avoided, the one she alone would sit on?

That chair is no longer for me, because that woman is no longer me. I am now cured from my injury. With dry cloth around my hips, I am ready to return to my family. I sing because I am happy, I sing because I am free."

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