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Bintu washes her hands in a displacement camp in Nigeria


The Nigeria Afghanistan Localised Preparedness Emergency Response (C19 NALPER) programme aims to protect the most vulnerable communities in Nigeria and Afghanistan.

The Nigeria Afghanistan Localised Preparedness Emergency Response (C19 NALPER) programme, funded by UK Aid from the UK Government, aims to reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and ensure access to healthcare and food for internally displaced people, returnees and the most vulnerable people in conflict-affected areas of Nigeria and Afghanistan.

Harnessing the strength and reach of 7 local partner organisations in Nigeria and Afghanistan, the C19 NALPER programme will reach the most vulnerable communities with life-saving information about how to stop the spread of coronavirus, including provisions of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) training, and the delivery of hygiene kits.

During periods of lockdown when people are unable to work, we will support the most vulnerable groups to access their most basic needs with cash vouchers and food parcels, and ensure people living with other urgent health issues are able to access vital services. We will also support frontline health workers with access to personal protective equipment (PPE).

Key information


Nigeria – Kaduna State, Benue State, Borno State

Afghanistan - Herat, Badghis and Kabul


1 May 2020 - 31 September 2020

Programme value


Target population

Internally displaced people and vulnerable households in hardest-to-reach areas.


Nigeria – Kaduna State

  • Legal Awareness for Nigeria Women (LAWN)

Nigeria – Benue State

  • Community Links and Human Empowerment Initiative (CLHEI)

Nigeria – Borno State

  • Mercy Vincent’s Foundation (MVF)
  • Ekklisiyar Yan Uwa A Nigeria (EYN)


  • Women’s Activities and Social Services Association (WASSA)
  • Agency for Humanitarian and Development Assistance for Afghanistan
  • Afghans for Tomorrow.
Funded by

UK aid

A woman washes her hands to protect herself from coronavirus in Afghanistan.

A woman washes her hands to protect herself from coronavirus in Afghanistan.

Our response

The C19 NALPER programme focuses on gender equality, and ensures that no one is left behind from accessing healthcare services.

To raise awareness of essential information about coronavirus, we are working through local civil society organisations, community influencers such as faith leaders, and existing groups who are trusted and embedded in communities and can connect with the hardest-to-reach people.

This approach ensures that people are hearing accurate messages on infection control from people they trust, in a way that is appropriate for them. Our partners are using a range of techniques to share accurate, simple and consistent messaging to communities, including poster campaigns, radio and TV messages, jingles in local languages and SMS communications. This aims to address myths, rumours and stigma around the virus and ensure people can get the medical attention when needed.

Our partners are supporting health facilities to ensure that frontline workers have adequate personal protective equipment and training on coronavirus protocols to increase their confidence levels. This includes general infection control and improved WASH practices.

To identify and treat COVID-19 patients, as well as those with underlying health conditions, our partners are supporting healthcare workers to include infection prevention measures into existing essential health services. This will ensure that lock down or movement restrictions do not hold people back from accessing health services.

To ensure vulnerable families have access to their basic needs and are protected from the impact of lockdowns, we will be providing cash transfer and distributing food parcels to those who are most vulnerable. Specifically, we will focus our response in Afghanistan to provide food for malnourished children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

All of our responses are coordinated closely with all key stakeholders and respective governments, health ministry response plans, UN humanitarian clusters, UN OCHA and civil society coordination mechanisms in Nigeria and Afghanistan.

Christian Aid is a Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS)/HAP certified agency and has mechanisms in place to ensure that our humanitarian programme and rapid response delivery adhere to high standards, quality and accountability commitments.

Imote Ioryue, a young father in Nigeria

Imote lost both of his parents at a young age and was left to care for for his 9 siblings. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, he has been unable to sell the produce from his farm, leaving him unable to buy food or basic household supplies. With funding from UK Aid, Imote received cash support from Christian Aid's C19 NALPER project so he can continue to support his young family.
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