Nigeria, Action Contre la Faim, Provision of life-saving nutrition and WASH services to reduce morbidity and mortality in Northwest Nigeria

Nigeria’s Northwest region has the highest rate of food insecurity and malnutrition in the country, with more than half of local government areas classified as food insecure and nearly 3.9 million children aged 0-59 months expected to suffer from acute malnutrition by April 2023. With this contribution, the SDC supports Action Contre la Faim to provide life-saving nutrition and WASH services to reduce morbidity and mortality attributed to acute malnutrition in Northwest Nigeria.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Nutrición de base
Saneamiento de agua
01.06.2023 - 31.05.2024
CHF  625’000

Since 2014, Nigeria’s Northwest has been the scene of spiralling insecurity, instability, and subsequent displacement, against a backdrop of chronic and extreme poverty and the effects and looming threat of climate change. This nexus of conflict, climate, and poverty is increasing increase and intensifying humanitarian needs. 25 million people in Nigeria are expected to be food insecure in the lean season period (June-August 2023), and the Northwest region has the highest rates of food insecurity and malnutrition in the country, with more than half of local government areas (LGAs) classified as “critically food insecure”. Nearly 3.9 million children aged 0- 59 months in the Northwest are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition. Despite these figures, the region is severely underserved by humanitarian actors and is not included in the 2023 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), which focuses on Northeast Nigeria (Lake Chad conflict). 

This proposal aims to address malnutrition through Nutrition and WASH interventions in two local government areas (LGAs) of Sokoto State, Nigeria’s poorest state (91% poverty rate compared to a national average of 40%).

Objetivos To improve access to management of severe acute malnutrition and WASH services among the vulnerable population in Sokoto State. 
Grupos destinarios
  • Pregnant and lactating women
  • Severely and moderately malnourished children and their caregivers
  • Male and female frontline health workers
  • Communities affected by violence
  • Vulnerable households with malnourished children having poor sanitation facilities 
Efectos a medio plazo

Outcome 1: Improved access to timely and quality treatment of severely acute malnourished children aged 0 to 59 months through integrated management of acute malnutrition approach (IMAM);

Outcome 2: Improved knowledge and practices of pregnant and lactating women/ caregivers of children aged 0-59 months on optimum maternal, infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN) practices through support groups;

Outcome 3: Improved access to the WASH services for severely acute malnourished (SAM) beneficiaries and care givers


Resultados previstos:  

  • 27,686 children (13,289 boys; 14,397 girls) will be screened for malnutrition status. 
  • 3,956 children (1,899 boys; 2,057 girls) will be admitted and treated in OTPs for SAM without complications.
  • 15,821 pregnant and lactating women and caregivers with children 6-23 months will receive skilled and group MIYCN counselling.
  • 6,000 people have access to safe water from 6 water points.
  • 20,000 people reached with gender-sensitive hygiene promotion for improved nutrition outcomes.

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
ONG internacional o extranjera
  • Acción contra el Hambre

Coordinación con otros proyectos y actores Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and UNICEF for case referrals; Food Security and Nutrition sectors for coordination
Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    625’000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    500’000 Presupuesto inclusive contrapartes del proyecto CHF    1’250’000
Fases del proyecto Fase 1 01.06.2023 - 31.05.2024   (Fase en curso)