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The humanitarian emergency in northeast Nigeria is reaching catastrophic levels. A massive relief effort is needed immediately in remote areas as well as in the state capital, Mdecins Sans Frontires/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today.

The desperate living conditions in Borno state show the devastating impact of the ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military.

In several locations, people have sought refuge in towns or camps controlled by the military, and are entirely reliant on outside aid that does not reach them.

To avert an even greater humanitarian disaster, food and medical care must be delivered now to remote and accessible areas in Borno - Dr Natalie Roberts Although a nutrition emergency was declared three months ago, there has been a serious failure to help the people of Borno, said Hugues Robert, head of MSFs emergency response.

And we are again calling for a massive relief effort to be deployed now. On 19 September, MSF teams managed to reach the town of Ngala, where 80,000 displaced people are living in a camp cut off from the outside world. They desperately lack food and healthcare.

People are effectively stranded in the camp and cannot leave. A rapid nutritional screening of more than 2,000 children under the age of five found that one in 10 was suffering from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition.

People in the camp reported having less than half a litre of water per person per day. MSF teams provided food and medical care and are scaling up assistance.The humanitarian emergency in northeast Nigeria is reaching catastrophic levels. A massive relief effort is needed immediately in remote areas as well as in the state capital, Mdecins Sans Frontires/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today.

The desperate living conditions in Borno state show the devastating impact of the ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military.

In several locations, people have sought refuge in towns or camps controlled by the military, and are entirely reliant on outside aid that does not reach them.

To avert an even greater humanitarian disaster, food and medical care must be delivered now to remote and accessible areas in Borno - Dr Natalie Roberts Although a nutrition emergency was declared three months ago, there has been a serious failure to help the people of Borno, said Hugues Robert, head of MSFs emergency response.

And we are again calling for a massive relief effort to be deployed now. On 19 September, MSF teams managed to reach the town of Ngala, where 80,000 displaced people are living in a camp cut off from the outside world. They desperately lack food and healthcare.

People are effectively stranded in the camp and cannot leave. A rapid nutritional screening of more than 2,000 children under the age of five found that one in 10 was suffering from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition.

People in the camp reported having less than half a litre of water per person per day. MSF teams provided food and medical care and are scaling up assistance.More than half of the 2.5 million people living in the state capital have been displaced from other areas of Borno.

MSF teams screening children in the Custom House camp found that one in five children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. The mortality rate is five times higher than what is considered an emergency, with the main cause being hunger.

So far the aid response has been massively insufficient, uncoordinated and ill-adapted to the needs of people who are suffering the consequences of this crisis, said Natalie Roberts, MSF emergency programme manager.

To avert an even greater humanitarian disaster, food and medical care must be delivered now to remote and accessible areas in Borno state. Nigerian authorities have a responsibility to make sure this happens for the sake of thousands who are at risk of imminent death.MSF has been providing healthcare to people displaced by violence, as well the host community, in northeast Nigeria since mid-2014.

Elsewhere in the country, in places like Zamfara, Port Harcourt and Jahun, MSF continues to run extensive projects on child health and sexual and reproductive health, and also responds to medical emergencies such as meningitis and measles outbreaks.

In 2015, MSF teams performed 33,500 outpatient consultations, treated 18,100 patients for malaria, assisted 9,200 births and conducted 2,400 surgical interventions.

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