Healthcare in the wake of Boko Haram

Healthcare in the wake of Boko Haram


More than 2 million people have been displaced.

Sofia Sprechmann, program director for CARE International, visits one of the eight health facilities for women that CARE is supporting in Maiduguri, Nigeria, home to the largest concentration of the nearly 2 million people displaced by Boko Haram. This particular health clinic — which provides prenatal care, HIV screening and family planning services for women — has filled the massive void left when Boko Haram burned the local hospital to the ground. Some 40 percent of health facilities have been destroyed in Borno State (Maiduguri is the capital). 

CARE began operating in Northeast Nigeria earlier this year because of the incredible needs of women and girls, who account for 55 percent of the displaced population. Many have had to flee their villages in the middle of night during attacks by Boko Harman insurgents who have wreaked havoc on the region. CARE is helping women who have been raped or experienced other forms of gender-based violence. And we are ensuring women have access to sexual and reproductive health services, which save lives in emergencies, just like food and water. CARE also is responding to the needs of women and girls in neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, which are hosting refugees and feeling the impact of a regional conflict and hunger crisis now affecting more than 17 million people in the Lake Chad Basin.

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