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Children in northern Nigeria suffer health problems

6 million children living in the northern region of Nigeria suffer from health problems due to malnutrition.

It is projected that nearly 6 million children aged 0-59 months have likely been suffering and will likely continue to suffer from acute malnutrition in the period of May 2022 – April 2023 in Northwest and Northeast Nigeria. This includes 1,623,130 Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) cases and 4,308,404 Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) cases. In addition, 511,890 pregnant and lactating women will likely be acutely malnourished and in need of nutrition interventions.

In the current period of May – September 2022, more than half of the 134 Local Government Areas (LGAs) included in the analysis are in IPC Acute Malnutrition (AMN) Phase 3 and above.

Of the 63 LGAs analysed in Northeast Nigeria, 13 were classified in IPC AMN Phase 4 (Critical), 17 in Phase 3 (Serious) 30 in Phase 2 (Alert) and 3 in Phase 1 (Acceptable). In Northwest Nigeria, there were 71 LGAs with sufficient data. Of those 71 LGAs, 17 were classified in IPC AMN Phase 4 (Critical), 25 in Phase 3 (Serious), 28 in Phase 2 (Alert) and 1 in Phase 1 (Acceptable).

Source: IPC

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