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Nigeria: Periodic Monitoring Report (January - December 2017)


In 2017, the humanitarian response for north-east Nigeria underwent a major scale-up with several notable achievements. The UN and its humanitarian partners contributed to averting famine in the region, contained a cholera outbreak, enrolled hundreds of thousands of children in school, improved coordination at all levels, and reached overall more than 5 million people with life-saving assistance.

The estimated number of food insecure people dropped from 5.2 million during the lean season (June through September) to 2.6 million during the dry season (October through December). However, the nutrition and food security situation remains fragile as millions of women, children and men continue to depend on humanitarian assistance for their survival as of the end of 2017.

Priority life-saving assistance was provided in terms of food (through in-kind and cash-based interventions), nutrition support, safe water, shelter and non-food items (NFIs). By end of December 2017, food assistance had reached two in three food insecure targeted persons (3.3 million out of 5.1 million targeted). In addition, almost 9 in 10 children affected by severe acute malnutrition (SAM) had recovered thanks to the treatment provided by humanitarian partners. In terms of water, about 2.7 million people had access to safe water during the period, surpassing the target at 134 per cent1. Regarding emergency shelter, 31,312 kits were provided to conflict-affected families, achieving 73 per cent of the target. In addition, 82 per cent of the 89,990 households targeted for NFI kits were reached. Protection-related screenings, registrations and monitoring showed 116 per cent achievement out of a 375,000 person target, with 434,101 individuals reached.

To improve humanitarian targeting and tracking of needs, 817,200 individuals were biometrically registered, exceeding the annual target by 26 per cent. The Health sector reached 3.8 million people approximately with medical consultations in supported health facilities and through mobile outreach. In addition, 426 medical facilities were supported with medicine and equipment out of an initial target of 200. Finally, Education actors supported 1.4 million learners and teachers (87 per cent of the annual target) with equipment and supplies, classrooms and temporary learning spaces, and other critical interventions to ensure that an entire generation of children is not left behind.

However, the Early Recovery and Livelihoods sector – named Response and Recovery Planning in north-east Nigeria – struggled to kick-start rehabilitation efforts due principally to very low funding. With only 8 per cent of the needed funds received as of 31 December, only 11 per cent of the sector’s overall target could be met.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
13 May 2018
Document type: 
Periodic Monitoring Report
Coordination hub(s): 
Adamawa State
Borno State
Gombe State
National Coordination
Yobe State
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