Updated 24/05/2021

Insecurity and threats of attacks have heavily constrained humanitarian access in Nigeria, particularly in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states, which are affected by Boko Haram’s insurgency. This insurgency in northeastern Nigeria, surging banditry violence in the northwest and farmer/herder conflict in the middle belt have all culminated into a complex country crises.

This insecurity has affected civilian’s access to services and aid delivery and aid organisation are restricted from operating in areas not under the control of the federal government. Health care has also been affected by Boko Haram and banditry activity.

2021 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Report

The SHCC identified 43 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in Nigeria in 2020, compared to 19 such incidents in 2019. Health workers were kidnapped and health supplies looted.

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Compared to 2019, violence against and obstruction of health care increased in 2020. In southern Nigeria, health workers were kidnapped for profit by local armed group leading to some doctors and nurses to strike or leave their clinical positions. The loss of these health workers has had a profound effect on the country’s health services.

In Borno and Yobe states health centres were also looted and burnt down by Boko Haram militants. Data

Our Global Interactive Map on Threats and Violence against Health Care provides access to continuously updated information on violence against health care in conflict and related to COVID-19.