23 June 2016 - The town of Bama has been accessible to humanitarian assistance since March 2016 and UNICEF, working with our partners on the ground, has been working in Bama since then, primarily in the IDP camp in the town that houses approximately 25,000 people who have been displaced by the conflict. Of these, 15,000 are children.

We have provided health and nutrition support for approximately 19,000 people and since May, UNICEF and the Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency have had a permanent primary health care presence in Bama. We are seeing an average of 140 outpatients a day: providing treatment primarily for malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhoea; screening for malnutrition and treating severely malnourished children, as well as providing Vitamin A, micronutrient supplements and deworming tablets. Most recent data available from the team on the ground, which does not have regular means of communication, show that during the period 3 April – 31 May 2016, 323 children were admitted for treatment for Severe Acute Malnutrition – an average of 6 new cases per day.

We have repaired and upgraded five boreholes in Bama, providing 10-12 litres of water per day per person in the IDP camp. In the following days, construction work is due to begin on 150 latrines. We have also identified three thousand children who have become separated from their families and have started to register children with the aim of trying to trace their families.

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