Nigeria

An international conference to find solutions to the Zamfara lead poisoning crisis* in Nigeria, of which Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), was the lead organiser concluded on 10th May. The conference delegates endorsed a clear action plan calling for Nigerian government commitment to resolve the...
Among the US government diplomatic cables recently published by the Wikileaks website were details of a meeting between an official from the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, and US Embassy officials in Nigeria in April 2009. At the time of the meeting, Pfizer was in the midst of a legal battle with...
Earlier this year, cases of lead poisoning in children and adults were confirmed in 5 villages in Zamfara state, northwestern Nigeria. Since early June, Médecins Sans Frontières, in collaboration with Ministry of Health has been providing emergency treatment for children under 5 years of age and...
More than 100,000 people have been forced to leave their homes due to flooding in northwestern Nigeria, after a dam failed on the Rima River near Goronyo, Sokoto State, on 8 September. Dozens of villages were rapidly submerged when a large section of the Goronyo dam’s spillway collapsed. The area...
In north western Nigeria, Médecins Sans Frontières and the Nigerian health authorities have started treating 50 children who are sick with lead poisoning. The poisoning, caused by local mining practices has been confirmed in two villages, while four other villages are also suspected to be...
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