Nigeria (North East): Acute Malnutrition Situation January - April 2022 and Projections for May - August 2022 and September - December 2022
Over 1.3 million children under five likely acutely malnourished in North East Nigeria
01.01.2022 > 31.12.2022
January to April 2022 
May to August 2022 
September to December 2022 



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Over 1.3 million children under the age of five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition in North East Nigeria between January and December 2022, based on the Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) by Weight-for-Height Z-score (WHZ) prevalence estimates. This includes approximately 316,753 Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) cases and over one million Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) cases. In addition, over 152,000 pregnant and lactating women will be acutely malnourished and need nutrition interventions.

Results of the IPC AMN analysis show that during the post-harvest season (a period of low acute malnutrition), only two (2) Local Government Areas (LGAs) are classified in a Serious situation (IPC AMN Phase 3), fifty-four (54) LGAs in an Alert situation (IPC AMN Phase 2), and five (5) LGAs in an Acceptable situation (IPC AMN Phase 1) between January and April 2022.

During the first projection (May – August 2022), which is the lean season and peak of acute malnutrition, the nutrition situation of 31 LGAs is expected to deteriorate, whereas the situation of 30 LGAs is expected to remain the same when compared to the current situation.

For the second projection period (September – December 2022), the harvest season (decreasing acute malnutrition), the nutrition situation is expected to improve in nine (9) LGAs, remaining the same in forty-two (42) LGAs and deteriorate in ten (10) LGAs when compared to the first projection period.

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