Under five malnutrition crises in the Boko Haram area of Cameroon

Samuel Nambile Cumber, Joyce Mahlako Tsoka-Gwegweni, Nancy Bongkiynuy, Shalom Jaila

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.

Keywords


Boko-Haram; Cameroon; crises; malnutrition

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