Posted on 05 July 2022
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has raised concern over the large number of malnourished children presenting to their nutrition centre in Maiduguri, Nigeria. This concern is heightened by the fact that the seasonal malnutrition peak is yet to hit Nigeria, making action to prevent malnutrition now pertinent to avoid a worse situation. MSF is calling for a scaled-up humanitarian response for the Borno state of Nigeria to avoid deadly consequences. MSF Head of mission in Nigeria Shaukat Muttaqi notes the need for this to include increased hospital capacity, but also community interventions such as expanding feeding programmes to get ahead of hospitalisations.