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MSF in Nigeria, 2009
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Approximately 59,000 women die every year in Nigeria from complications in childbirth, giving the country the seventh-highest maternal mortality rate in the world according to the United Nations Population Fund.
In 2009 there was a meningitis epidemic, a cholera outbreak, and ethnic and religious tensions flared up in the northern and southern parts of the country. In response, MSF provided maternal healthcare and surgical support, launched a widespread meningitis vaccination campaign that treated 4.7 million people, and provided treatment for cholera.
Trauma care in the Niger Delta
MSF runs programs in the Rivers and Bayelsa states in the Niger Delta. Here in Port Harcourt hospital MSF provides medical care via a 75-bed health center. In 2009, 8,300 people received care, 42 per cent of whom were treated for violence-related injuries. Overall, more than 2,100 patients were admitted and more than 2,850 surgeries were carried out, and 450 victims of sexual violence received medical support and counseling.
In the southern part of Bayelsa State, MSF worked at the Oloibiri Health center. 1,000 consultations were carried out each month and a mobile clinic service provided consultations to more than 1,100 people in 14 different locations.
Improving maternal health in northern Nigeria In the north of the country, the focus was on improving access to emergency maternal care in Sokoto State, where MSF supports the mother and child care program at the main hospital. 8,100 malnourished children under five years old in Sokoto State and Kebbi State were also cared for.
MSF worked in emergency maternal care in Jigawa State. The team helped nearly 1,600 women give birth and treated more than 2,500 women for complications in pregnancy. In addition 219 women were operated on for fistula repair surgery.
Emergencies and epidemics
Throughout 2009, emergency teams dealt with epidemics and emergencies. This included conducting a comprehensive meningitis vaccination campaign that involved vaccinating 4.7 million people across nine states. Teams also provided 4,500 people with treatment following a cholera outbreak in Borno state.
MSF has worked in Nigeria since 1996.