Malnutrition is a major public health problem in Niger. Whether severe or acute, approximately one in every 7 children is suffering from it. Furthermore, despite a sharp fall these past 10 years in mortality figures for women in childbirth and newborns, the health of mothers and children remains of concern.
In the last years, Niger has found itself at the crossroads of migration from West Africa and Central Africa. Thousands of refugees and migrants cross the country each year. Agadez is the last city in the north of the country to be connected to the road network. It is therefore a point of preparation for migrants who want to try to cross the Sahara Desert.
Doctors of the World started working in Niger in 1998. With the local population, we work with the regional public health directorate of Illela and with the other NGOs combating malnutrition, so that the therapeutic feeding centers are integrated with hospitals. Alongside the local management teams, Doctors of the World has set up a sustainable referral system. It funds the medical evacuation of the poorest to health centers which are able to care for them. We also work to strengthen access to contraception and to safe deliveries.
In support to refugees and migrants, Doctors of the World is present in the region to provide access to medical and psychological care. One of our missions has allowed the rehabilitation of three health centres and mobile clinics have been set up to meet migrants in their areas of residence. They offer medical consultations, psychosocial care and hygiene kits. Those who need it are accompanied to appropriate care facilities.