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The Boko Haram conflict, which began in 2009 when the jihadist group started an armed rebellion against the government, has resulted in a severe food security emergency especially in North East Nigeria. The insurgency and political violence in Borno state causes population displacement: children and families get refuge in camps where basic needs are not covered. We care for children with severe malnutrition in the Tdh ambulant nutrition centre. In the displaced people’s camps, we provide the necessary access to drinking water and hygiene.

What we do

Child protection

To enhance protection mechanisms for the most vulnerable members of the communities, Tdh implements activities to respond to the risks and consequences of violence and abuse for children, as well as for caregivers. These include psychosocial support in the child and youth-friendly spaces, helping them to build their self-esteem and resilience. To tackle gaps in education, Tdh improves the access to quality education through providing a protective and inclusive learning environment.

Mother and child health

Tdh improves the access to health care for pregnant and lactating women. Our midwives implement education within the camp to prevent home deliveries without skilled birth attendants and to reduce the risk of illnesses. Babies and mothers are visited and referred to health centres when needed. A health committee for adolescent girls organises health promotion sessions about mother and child, as well as sexual and reproductive health. They sensitize the population about young child feeding. We also treat severe malnutrition in children in our ambulant nutrition centre in Maiduguri, Borno state.


The internally displaced persons camps lack safe water and hygiene. To reduce water-borne diseases like cholera, the Tdh WASH project aims to provide safe water to displaced families in the camps of Mafa in Borno state. Tdh builds and rehabilitates latrines and hand washing stations. We also raise awareness about good hygiene practices and distribute kits of soap, buckets and water storage material.

Terre des hommes in Nigeria

Beneficiaries 2019


44,476 people

Expatriate / local employees


13 / 115

Budget 2020


CHF 5,000,000.-




Where we work

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Beginning of activities regarding the migration from Benin to Nigeria and the protection of children.
Start of emergency intervention in the Borno State of Nigeria to face people’s needs, displaced by the Boko Haram conflict.

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