Médecins Sans Frontières decides to deal with Nigerian food crisis in a thoughtful manner

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January 18, 2017
Also known as Doctors Without Borders, the organisation has gone a step ahead of its basic responsibilities.

Along with being in dire need of medical assistance, the Nigerian state of Borno is also suffering from a food crisis. Non-profit initiative Médecins Sans Frontières has added food items to its medical bag in order to help. 

In 2016, organisations like the World Food Programme distributed cash and food to Nigerians who were being affected by the Boko Haram. Nearly 2.6 million people have been displaced by the conflict. To be able to continue their relief efforts, the United Nations has appealed to governments and other donors for funding.

At the end of 2016, Médecins Sans Frontières worked with the United Nations and other humanitarian organisations, managing to deliver food to 26,000 families (which would last for about two weeks).

Dr. Kirsten Hanson, a paediatrician with MSF, says that they are aiming to not only stabilise children affected by malnutrition, but their families as well. Families are being provided with a month's supply of rice, oil, beans and millet. Ensuring adequate food supply is extremely important since it's impossible to conduct weekly checkups in Borno.