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 crisis especially in North East Nigeria. The political violence in Borno state causes population displacement: children and families get refuge in camps where basic needs are not covered. In these camps, we provide the necessary access to drinking water and hygiene. We also care for children with severe malnutrition in the Tdh ambulant nutrition centre.

What we do


The internally displaced persons camps lack safe water and hygiene. To reduce water-borne diseases like cholera, the Tdh WASH project (WAter, Sanitation and Hygiene) 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 hygiene and distribute kits of soap, buckets and water storage material.

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 is being created and health promotion sessions about mother and child, as well as sexual and reproductive health are organised with a focus on adolescent girls. They sensitize the population about the management of acute malnutrition and infant and young child feeding. We also treat severe malnutrition in children in our ambulant nutrition centre in Maiduguri, Borno state.

Migrating children

Thanks to a network spanning five countries, our social workers are able to protect children against exploitation when they leave their hometown or village. As soon as they start their journey, children know exactly where they can find help. They will get food, receive shelter, useful information, care and protection. If they have been subject to violence, they will be given immediate support.

Landry, a young man from Benin, worked in one of Nigeria's quarries before being arrested by immigration officers. He was immediately handed over to Tdh's team in Abeokuta.

Landry, a former quarry worker


Terre des hommes in Nigeria

Beneficiaries 2017


26,722 people

Expatriate / local employees


4 / 43

Budget 2017


CHF 370,000.-




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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