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East Africa Child Food Crisis

The violence and insurgency in North East Nigeria is creating an urgent and deadly hunger and malnutrition crisis. An estimated 450,000 children are facing severe acute malnutrition, which is life-threatening without treatment.

Save the Children teams have screened over 40,000 children for malnutrition and have provided over 12,000 girls and boys with life-saving treatment for severe malnutrition, followed up by feeding counselling and support to ensure they have the best chance of a full recovery. When we find displaced children who are severely malnourished with complications such as pneumonia, we refer them to our nutrition stabilization center, where they can receive the inpatient care, treatment and medicines they need.

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About Nigeria

Save the Children is working to strengthen health systems and support maternal and child health in four northern states.

Read one boy's harrowing story of losing his father to the violence Nigeria is facing. Learn more.


Facts About

More than 182.2 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 9 years

117 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $7 a day

Our Work

Save the Children has been working in Nigeria since 2001. We're helping to improve health systems in northern Nigeria to delivery maternal, newborn, and child health services, including the revival of routine immunization.

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 264,766
from harm

supported 45,058
in times of crisis

provided 6,184,071 children
with a healthy start in life

gave 5,753,294 children
vital nourishment

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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