Under five malnutrition crises in the Boko Haram area of Cameroon

  • Samuel Nambile Cumber University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Joyce Mahlako Tsoka-Gwegweni University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Nancy Bongkiynuy Under Privilege Children and Women Assistance (UPCAWA-SWEDEN)
  • Shalom Jaila Under Privilege Children and Women Assistance (UPCAWA-SWEDEN)
Keywords: Boko-Haram, Cameroon, crises, malnutrition

Abstract

Boko-Haram has increased their attacks along the Cameroon boarder in the Far North region of Cameroon since 2013. The prevalence of malnutrition in the north of Cameroon is high. Regions like the Adamawa, North and Far North regions have a prevalence of malnutrition of 5.2%, 6.7%, 9.0%, respectively; and, in addition to that, 1289 children have been admitted for therapeutic care due to malnutrition from the above regions. This crisis has an impact on access to livelihoods, because insecurity reduces access for farmers to harvest and impacts the upcoming sowing season, which has a direct impact on nutrition. Furthermore, the frequent attacks and displacement of persons in the Far North of Cameroon goes hand-in-hand with other issues, such as water shortage, shelter, food shortages and limitations to other basic needs.

Author Biographies

Samuel Nambile Cumber, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Discipline of Public Health Medicine Department of Nursing & Public Health College of Health Sciences University of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
Joyce Mahlako Tsoka-Gwegweni, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Discipline of Public Health Medicine Department of Nursing & Public Health College of Health Sciences University of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
Nancy Bongkiynuy, Under Privilege Children and Women Assistance (UPCAWA-SWEDEN)
Under Privilege Children and Women Assistance (UPCAWA-SWEDEN) Researcher Cameroon Branch Bamenda Cameroon
Shalom Jaila, Under Privilege Children and Women Assistance (UPCAWA-SWEDEN)
Under Privilege Children and Women Assistance (UPCAWA-SWEDEN) Researcher Cameroon Branch Bamenda Cameroon
Published
2017-06-22
Section
Editorials, Opinions, Issues in the field of Nutrition