Multisectoral Humanitarian Response to Conflict-Affected Populations in North-East Nigeria

IOM, the UN Migration Agency in Nigeria has supported more than 780,000 displaced people and host community members across northeast Nigeria since starting the emergency response in 2014. IOM provides mental health and psychosocial support, provides non-food items (NFI), shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services to displaced families, and supports the government and partners in camp management and camp coordination (CCCM). IOM also co-leads the Shelter & NFI/CCCM sector. IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) teams gather extensive data, including through biometric registration, to inform the humanitarian community on displacement and about the affected population’s needs. SDG: 3, 4, 5 and 11

Donors: USAID; SIDA; Germany; ECHO; CERF; NHF; France; Canada; Switzerland; Norway

IOM is implementing program to protect and promote the psychosocial well-being of returnee abducted Chibok Girls, their families and affected communities, through activities directly implemented by IOM, and partnership, cooperation and coordination with the government of Nigeria, UN Agencies and other strategic partners. The project consists of a) an assessment of psychosocial needs and resources in the areas of concern. This include a detailed family assessment of the families of the abducted girls; b) the provision of direct psychosocial assistance to the abducted girls and their families upon their return, through trained and supervised mobile teams; and c) education and capacity building of families, relevant governmental and non-governmental actors and the media in do not harm rules, psychological first aid and basic psychosocial supports. The project provides direct psychosocial counseling to the affected families and community members. Specifically, IOM is providing psychosocial care to the displaced population in Maiduguri camps through the implementation of psychological first-aid, community-based psychosocial activities and strengthen protection monitoring to IDPs including recreational activities and facilitation of group discussions for men, women, boys and girls to identify gender-specific unmet psychosocial needs of the IDP communities served, upon which appropriate interventions shall be developed accordingly. The project will support the recruitment of a psychosocial mobile team to assess immediate psychosocial needs of the affected population and implement tailored interventions to address these needs.

For more information on this project, contact: Gladys Kios, Project Officer, Psychosocial Support (gkios@iom.int)