At a glance: Niger

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A Malian refugee girl in Niger chooses school over marriage
INTIKANE, Niger, 1 July 2014 – Aïchatou Mohamed attends primary school in Intikane, in northern Niger, where more than 10,000 refugees from Mali are living. Aichatou likes school and is always on time.

Mothers in the Niger are screening their children for malnutrition and disease
ZINDER, Niger, 13 December 2013 – Zila squats down under the tree in front of her home to measure the mid–upper arm circumference of her baby daughter Mariama with a bracelet. She is checking Mariama’s nutritional status.

In Niger, birth registration takes a big step forward
TAHOUA, Niger, 10 December 2013 – It’s a celebration day in the villages of Tabalak and Akoubounou, in north-western Niger. After months of waiting, around 600 children are getting their birth certificates delivered from the villages’ primary schools.

A fellowship programme in the Niger gives rural girls access to secondary education
ZINDER, Niger, 18 October 2013 – Balkissa Ado is 17 years old. She is bright and cheerful. And she is the first girl from her village of Garin Touji, in Zinder, in the eastern part of the Niger, who has continued her studies after primary school.

Schools in the Niger try a new approach to bring more girls into classrooms
MARADI, Niger, 14 October 2013 – There are more girls than boys at Saran Maradi primary school. But, in this part of southern Niger, cultural pressure against girls’ education remains strong. Nearly 36 per cent of girls are married before the age of 15.

Two girls in Niger escape the violence of their circumstances
NIAMEY, Niger, 11 October 2013 - Two years ago, 17-year-old Barira, ran away from home. It was not the home she had grown up in with her parents. It was the home she shared with her husband.

Helping youth associated with gangs create a better future for themselves – and their communities
ZINDER, the Niger, 3 October 2013 – Moctar, 20, is an active member of a ‘palace’ in Zinder.

A voice from a Malian refugee camp in the Niger
MANGAIZE and NIAMEY, Niger, 19 June 2013 – As conflict in northern Mali escalated, Fadimata Agali, 15, was forced to flee her home in Menaka, leaving family and friends behind.

Local factory provides home-grown response to malnutrition in the Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 17 April 2013 – A few hundred metres from the banks of the mighty Niger River, where the routines of fishers and farmers continue as they have for centuries, a modest factory is transforming how this West African nation responds to the threat of malnutrition.

A cash transfer programme helps a village in the Niger back on its feet
TAJAE NOMADE, Tahoua Region, Niger, 5 April 2013 – Hamatou Oumarou stands in line holding her 13-month-old daughter Safia.

In the Niger, quality care saves a Malian refugee baby's life
MANGAIZE, Niger, 12 March 2013 – Mariama Sadou and her three young children fled Mali four weeks ago to escape the violence. For 11 days, they travelled under the scorching sun by foot and by donkey until they crossed into the Niger.

School helps Malian refugee children in the Niger return to normalcy
MANGAIZE, Niger, 1 March 2013 – It is the first day of class for Malian refugee children at the primary school in Mangaize camp.

Food aid helps Malian refugees in Niger get through difficult times and tackle alarming malnutrition rates
MANGAIZE, Niger, 14 February 2013 – It is around midday at Mangaize refugee camp in the Niger, about 50 km south of the Malian border. Children are arriving at a feeding centre for their ration of nutritious cereal. Some are accompanied by their mothers, others by senior family members.

In the Niger, a pilot programme seeks to protect children, from the community level
MARADI DISTRICT, Niger, 4 January 2013 - It’s not yet 10 a.m. The sun beats down fiercely as a group of girls walk barefoot through the bush. They stop by a clump of small trees and shrubs and begin chopping with machetes, building piles of branches.

In the Niger, a community-led sanitation programme transforms lives
MARADI, Niger, 13 December 2012 – A year ago, recalls Ashorou Miko, 31, “We were living surrounded by human excreta. The only way to relieve ourselves was by defecating in the bushes. The stench was unbearable.”

In facing nutrition crisis, the Niger benefits from lessons learned
MADAROUNFA, Maradi region, Niger, 10 September 2012 - Ouma Abdul sits on a cot at the Madarounfa Pediatric Intensive Feeding Centre comforting her underweight 18-month-old daughter Nafiza. Despite the promise of a good harvest, hospitals and health centres across the country are filled to capacity with young children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM).

Amidst poverty and food crisis, number of child deaths in the Niger plummets
AGUIE, Maradi Region, Niger, 17 September 2012 - Tiny Bassariya Aweso lies in a hospital cot whimpering softly as her mother gently strokes her back, trying to offer some comfort. The 1-year-old girl has been recovering from the effects of severe acute malnutrition at the Intensive Therapeutic Feeding Centre of Aguie District Hospital for more than three weeks.

New case study highlights the Niger's progress in reducing its under-five mortality rate
NIAMEY, Niger, 12 September 2012 - As part of the Countdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival, an in-depth case study was conducted on the Niger.

In facing nutrition crisis, the Niger benefits from lessons learned
MADAROUNFA, Maradi region, Niger, 10 September 2012 - Ouma Abdul sits on a cot at the Madarounfa Pediatric Intensive Feeding Centre comforting her underweight 18-month-old daughter Nafiza. Despite the promise of a good harvest, hospitals and health centres across the country are filled to capacity with young children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM).

Floods strike the Niger amidst nutrition crisis and cholera outbreak
SARANDO GANDA, Niger, 5 September 2012 - In Sarando Ganda, a village along the Niger River on the outskirts of Niamey, many of the mud-brick houses have collapsed or are severely damaged, leaving 70 per cent of the population homeless.

In Niger, amidst on-going nutrition and refugee crisis UNICEF responds to cholera outbreak
Tillabéri, Niger, 5 August 2012 - Djamilatu, a 3-year-old girl, was rushed to a nearby health center after suffering from diarrhoea and abdominal pain, common symptoms of cholera. “She was in a bad state,” recounts her mother Aichatou Abdou. “She thought she would die. She is still scared.”

UNICEF supports efforts to eradicate child marriage in Niger
MARADI, Niger, 12 July 2012 – In the small village of Madarounfa, in eastern Niger, Sani Barmo, 81, and his second wife Hadisa Abdou, 40, were preparing for their daughter Zahara’s wedding. She is 12 and a half years old.

Nigerien women take the lead in implementing practices to protect their families during the nutrition crisis
GARIN GOULBI, Niger, 29 May 2012 – In Garin Goulbi, a small village more than 500 kilometres from Niger’s capital, women have taken the lead in protecting their families and community during the country’s dire food security and nutrition crisis, which has left more than six million people across Niger facing food shortages.

As nutrition crisis intensifies, Nigerien mothers struggle to save their children
NIAMEY, Niger, 17 May 2012 – In the nutrition ward of Niamey’s regional hospital, all the beds are full of children showing the familiar signs of severe acute malnutrition: severe wasting, skins stretched tight over bones. The room is silent except for the noise of a small fan and the occasional cry of a child.

Teaming up to turn the tide against malnutrition in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 11 May 2012 – Chronic food insecurity and malnutrition are mainstays of everyday life for thousands of families in Niger. Following the failed rains and poor harvests of 2011, the country is now in the midst of its third nutrition crisis since 2005.

Field diary: Journey to recovery from severe acute malnutrition in Niger
AGUIE, Niger, 1 May 2012 – Two-and-half year old Oumarou Seydou sat motionless in his mother’s arms. He was not smiling or crying. He did not move.

In Niger, children are forced to drop out of school to support their families
NIAMEY, Niger, 20 April 2012 – Only a few months ago, 12-year-old Oumar Soumana was happily living with his family in Damana, in south-western Niger. But when the village’s food stocks were depleted – a result of the massive food crisis occurring throughout the Sahel region of Africa – he was forced to leave home and travel to the capital in search of work.

Scaling-up Integrated Community Case Management in Niger and Mali
MADAROUNFA, Niger, and KITA, Mali, 18 April 2012 – Globally, diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria are the main killers of children, accounting for more than 40 per cent of child deaths. And in certain countries of sub-Saharan Africa, these diseases kill an even greater proportion of children. In Niger and Mali for example, diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria cause 60 per cent of deaths among children under age 5, and malnutrition is an underlying cause in one third of child deaths.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director visits Niger, calls for swift action on crisis in the Sahel
MARADI/NIAMEY, Niger, 13 April 2012 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt called for urgent and enhanced action to save the lives of over one million children at risk of life-threatening severe acute malnutrition across the Sahel region. Ms. Brandt recently visited Niger, where an estimated 394,000 under-5 children will need treatment for severe acute malnutrition this year.

Field Diary: Niger’s children under siege from the worsening nutrition crisis
MARADI, Niger, 11 April 2012 – Walking through the door into the intensive care ward, I am struck by sensory overload – children’s cries come seemingly from every direction; medical staff buzzing around me, inserting a feeding tube here, testing for malaria there; and an oppressive 40 degree Celsius heat from which there is no escape.

UNICEF is raising funds to provide life-saving assistance to over 1 million at-risk children in the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 2 April 2012 – As the hunger season begins in the Sahel region of Africa, UNICEF is launching a massive fund-raising campaign to help the more than 1 million children in danger of dying from severe acute malnutrition.

In Niger, refugees from Mali are assisted with clean drinking water
MANGAIZÉ, Niger, 22 March 2012 – For the displaced families in the Mangaizé settlement site, located in a dry, empty stretch of the Sahel, access to clean drinking water is a matter of survival. Over 35,000 refugees and returnees have come to Niger seeking safety from the ongoing fighting in northern Mali.

In Niger, UNICEF and partners address the Sahel Region's looming food crisis
OUALLAM/ NIAMEY, Niger, 13 March 2012 – When Zelika, 2, was admitted to a hospital three weeks ago with severe acute malnutrition, her odds of survival were low. But her life was saved after intensive nutritional and medical care in a treatment centre in Ouallam.

UNICEF races to prevent a major food crisis in the Sahel
NEW YORK, 24 February 2012 – UNICEF is racing to prevent a second major food crisis in Africa in less than a year.

UNICEF provides emergency support for displaced families in Niger
MANGAIZÉ, Niger, 15 February 2012 – As thousands flee into Niger to escape the ongoing conflict in Northern Mali, UNICEF, in partnership with the Government of Niger, NGOs and sister UN agencies, is stepping up relief efforts to respond to the immediate needs of displaced families.

In Niger, working to reach every child in the fight against polio
KAOURA ALLASSAN, Niger, 13 February 2012 – February 4 saw the launch of a three-day polio immunization campaign, known as Subnational Immunization Days. Children in 21 districts were targeted for vaccination against the paralyzing, and potentially fatal, polio virus.

In Niger, urgent measures needed to fight malnutrition among children
MARADI, Niger, 13 February 2012 – Four-year-old Bassira was motionless in her hospital bed while a tube running through her nose delivered nutrient-rich therapeutic milk to her body – treatment for severe acute malnutrition.

Food shortages force children to drop out of school in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 6 February 2012 – The effect of food insecurity on children’s health is obvious; children, particularly those under age 5, are vulnerable to life-threatening malnutrition.

With cash transfers, UNICEF and partners aid drought-affected families in Niger
GAWOUNAWA, Niger, 27 January 2012 – At the end of the farming season, Halima Isaka sat with her 10-month-old daughter at the edge of their family’s field, watching as her husband loaded a pile of dried millet stalks onto an oxcart.

Educating children with disabilities in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 19 December 2011 – “‘Dream on.’ That was how everyone responded to our ideas in those days,” says Fatou Sidibé, head of the Division for Special Education at the Ministry of Education in Niger. “No one could figure out how to create specialized educational services for children with disabilities.”

Threat of malnutrition dire in Africa's Sahel region due to increasing food shortages
DAKAR, Senegal, 12 December 2011 It’s not a tsunami or an earthquake it is a predictable emergency. UNICEF estimates more than a million children under five will need to be treated in feeding centres for severe malnutrition in the Sahel region of Africa. It is a staggeringly high number, and there is little time to prepare.

Young photographers from Niger and Mali document the problems facing their communities
BAMAKO, Mali, 6 December 2011 – “This child looks very mean, and it’s a consequence of life on the street,” said 17-year-old Rachida Aboubacar, gazing at a photograph taken by one of her friends.

UNICEF aims to make nutrition a national priority in Niger
Kollo, Niger, 17 November 2011 – In the Integrated Health Center of Kollo, South Niger, a few women holding their emaciated babies line up in front of the out-patient therapeutic feeding center (CRENAS). Zelika Marou has four children. Today, she brought her 11-month-old daughter, Fati Hama, for her weekly consultation.

Health-post network brings basic services closer to rural populations in Niger
MARADI, Niger, 14 July 2011 – The health post of Sarkin Yamma-Sofoua, a rural village in the Maradi Region of south-east Niger, opened six years ago. Ever since then, every day has been a busy one for Chaïbou Balla, the community health agent in charge of the post.

In Niger, young first-time photographers see child rights from a new viewpoint
NIAMEY, Niger, 15 June 2011 – For the majority of the 20 children attending the UNICEF workshop led by long-time UNICEF photographer Giacomo Pirozzi, it was the first time they had ever gotten close to a camera.

In Niger, new sanitation programme is transforming lives through better hygiene
BANDE, Niger, February 16 2011—Rabe Amman, 24, leads his visitors through the spotless courtyard of his family compound and past his wife who is pounding millet with her neighbours outside their thatched huts in the remote Nigerien village of Bande. He stops by a reed enclosure, which he opens to proudly show off his latest accomplishment - a new covered latrine for his family, which he built with his own hands.

UNICEF works with communities to improve key family practices in Niger
GARIN BAWA, Niger, 24 January 2011 – In the courtyard of her family’s compound, Zuliah Baba, 32, goes through her nightly chores under a full moon. The familiar sounds of similar household routines echo through this rural village – chores that are being influenced by an innovative new UNICEF programme, Key Family Practices, which is having a dramatic impact on child health in Niger.

UNICEF-supported health centres combat malnutrition in Niger
TAKIETA, Niger, 4 January 2011 – Seeking shade from the scorching midday heat, a small crowd of mothers who have brought their children in for malnutrition screening gather at the public health centre in Niger’s south-central Maradi Region.

UNICEF helps to begin changing attitudes towards early marriage in Niger
MARADI, Niger, 23 December 2010 – Sahira, 15, sits in front of a social worker at the Office of the Promotion of Women and the Protection of Children with a blank stare on her face. She has run away after being forced to marry a man she had never met who is three times her age.

National Children’s Forum brings young voices to Niger's electoral process
NIAMEY, Niger, 20 December 2010 – A quiet revolution is taking place in the unlikeliest of places, with children at its forefront. “I want our rights to be respected and ask that the new president build schools with well-built classrooms,” said Hourey Amadou, 12, who was among the 161 participants in a National Children’s Forum held late last month in Niger’s capital, Niamey.

UNICEF supports village clinics to improve maternal and child health across Niger
MARADI, Niger, 15 December 2010 – With babies strapped to their backs and with health cards in hand, women begin arriving soon after daybreak, seemingly from every direction, in the dusty village of Sarkin Yamma Soffoua. By the time the small health post opens its doors at 8 a.m., more than 50 mothers are waiting with their children for regular check-ups or other consultations.

Infusions of cash tackle immediate needs in Niger's drought-affected areas
NIAMEY, Niger, 6 October 2010 – For the first time in an emergency setting, UNICEF is using cash as a way to help families affected by a food crisis.

A campaign to promote exclusive breastfeeding makes strides in rural Niger
GIDAN NAWA, Niger, 6 August 2010 – A quiet revolution is taking place in this dusty village in Niger. Everywhere you look – in the courtyards of family compounds, under the big tree at the village gathering place, even at the well as they gather water – women are breastfeeding their children.

UNICEF and partners respond as food crisis in Niger reaches a critical level
GAZOURA, Niger, 3 August 2010 – Much-needed rains have begun falling across this parched West African country, breaking one of the most devastating droughts in memory. But Niger remains in the grip of a severe food crisis whose effects have been especially hard on women and children.

Health centres focus on treatment of undernourished children in Niger
MIRRIAH, Niger, 18 June 2010 – When Baraka, a young mother in Guidimouni, southern Niger, took her 13-month-old son Abdul to the local health centre, tests showed that he was suffering from severe acute malnutrition and malaria. He spent a week in an outpatient feeding programme but continued to lose weight.

Chad and five other Central African countries pledge to end use of children in armed conflict
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 11 June 2010 – At a regional conference here this week, Chad and five other Central African nations signed a declaration on ending the use of child soldiers. In a recorded video address to the participants, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake offered fervent support for the move.

Bitter seeds: Addressing the most recent nutrition crisis in Niger
ANGALNADINAO, Niger, May 2010 – “This year’s harvest was disastrous,” says Ali, the Angalnadinao village chief. “No cowpeas, no millet, no peanuts – nothing, absolutely nothing, was harvested. A total crop failure.”

Expecting nearly 400,000 cases, partners work to treat severe acute malnutrition in Niger
MAGARIA, Niger, 28 May 2010 – Souréba, 3, is as light as a bird. Resting on her mother’s knee, the little girl seems indifferent to the noises and movements around her. When her mother, Habsatou, tries to feed her with some therapeutic food on her finger, the child turns away from the brown milky mixture. She is emaciated and has lost her appetite.

New safe-water systems in rural Niger enable children to go to school
CHINWAGHARI VILLAGE, Niger, 22 March 2010 – Surrounded by a throng of other children, each carrying empty containers, 8-year-old Fatima Hamouma walked to the new, modern water taps in her village. In just a few minutes, she had filled all six of her containers. Just a year ago, fetching water from the old traditional well would have required at least three hours of hard work.

UNICEF and partners transforming lives of children through improved schools in Niger
GARIN GUIZO, Niger , 10 March 2010 – As dawn breaks in this rural village in southern Niger, the daily routine begins the same way it has for generations. Eleven-year-old Zhara lights the fire, warms a pot of water and sweeps the family yard.

Giving young women in Niger the skills to earn a safer living
AGADEZ, Niger, 4 January 2010 – Three years ago, Soueba was a young girl collecting animal parts from the slaughterhouse to sell at the local market. Today, she and her friends are earning a better living making and selling batik pieces.

UNICEF and local partners fight child trafficking and exploitation in Niger
AGADEZ, Niger, 9 November 2009 – It’s 6 a.m. at the Agadez bus station, and the members of the town’s Child Protection Committee are keeping a close watch on the waiting passengers for the bus heading towards the northern town of Dirkou.

Floods devastate Agadez region of northern Niger with lingering effects
AGADEZ, Niger, 25 September 2009 – Unprecedented rainfall has led to severe flooding in northern Niger's Agadez region in recent weeks.

Empowering women to improve child survival in Niger
MARADI, Niger, 14 August 2009 – The harvest period in the village of Guidan Cherifi has just come to an end, and the millet stalks are neatly bundled at the entrance of the village. Normally at this time, the women of the village can be seen working in the fields, or pounding millet for their family’s evening meal.

Promoting basic health practices to save young lives in Niger's remote villages
OUMBA VILLAGE, Niger, 21 July 2009 – Bassira Rabey is a community facilitator who goes from door-to-door in her rural village to make sure that families, especially women, are maintaining a proper environment to improve their children’s health.

Teaming up to fight polio with Niger and Nigeria's synchronized immunization
MARADI, Niger, 5 June 2009 – Aboubacar Sidikou used to be an active two-year-old, running after goats in the courtyard or playing hide-and-seek all day long with his brothers. Now, the once enthusiastic boy has now become very shy. He rests in the arms of his grandmother and suddenly does not pay attention to anyone anymore.

Support and treatment for mothers living with HIV in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 12 May 2009 – At Poudrière hospital in Niamey, Dr. Irène Adeossi is checking the height and weight of six-year-old Aminatou. The little girl tested positive for HIV three years ago and, since then, has been receiving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment that is especially adapted to her age.

Adult literacy classes in Niger emphasize the importance of family education

MARADI, Niger, 20 April 2009 – In a little hut in the village of Saran Maradi, about 15 women are eagerly copying an adult literacy lesson into their notebooks. Some of the women are mothers nursing their babies while they learn. It is barely 11 in the morning, but the temperature is already scorching. Niger's hot season has begun.

Ten villages unite to say ‘no’ to female genital mutilation/cutting in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 14 April 2009 – Ten villages in western Niger have decided to put an end to female genital mutilation or cutting (also known as FGM/C), publicly calling all inhabitants in the Tillabery region to give up this practice, which threatens girls’ lives.

Reaching the remote villages of Niger with polio vaccine
GARBEY KOUROU, Niger, 6 March 2009 – On the eve of an eight-country polio vaccination campaign held over the past week in West Africa, Ali Boureima, the immunization coordinator for Tillabery health district in Niger, distributed the last batch of oral polio vaccines for nine villages situated on islands in the Niger River.

Communities in West Africa prepare for extensive polio vaccination campaign
ZINDER REGION, Niger, 27 February 2009 – In Niger, traditional and religious leaders are at the forefront of communication efforts in the run-up to a synchronized polio vaccination campaign that begins today in West Africa.

Mothers in Niger ensure health of their babies by caring for their own
NIAMEY, Niger, 9 January 2009 – Aminatou Moukaila, eight months pregnant with her second child, came to the Madina Integrated Health Centre in Niamey for a regular check-up.

UNICEF working to eradicate Guinea worm disease in Niger
YOGARE VILLAGE, Niger, 29 December 2008  Not a day passes without Kadri Ne Zeilou Beidari remembering the time when both her twin sons contracted Guinea worm disease.

UNICEF supporter Amy Robbins visits Niger to review progress for women and children
MARADI, Niger, 21 November 2008 – Zouley Yahaya has renewed hope and a new goal in life. Some time ago, she bought a goat for 70 dollars. Now, through a UNICEF-supported programme, she expects to sell it for at least double the amount she paid.

Aichatou’s story: New skills protect a former street vendor from exploitation in Niger
MARADI, Niger, 17 November 2008 – A respected tailor within her community, Aichatou has a life today that is a far cry from the one she was living just over two years ago. Back then, she worked as a street vendor in the busy town of Maradi, eastern Niger, on the border with Nigeria.

UNICEF supports maternal and newborn health in Niger
GUIDAN ROUMDJI, Niger, 5 November 2008 – Lying on a bed at the maternity ward of the UNICEF-supported Guidan Roumdji hospital in eastern Niger, Tchima Abou knows she could have died. The 27-year-old woman had given birth to her sixth child, a girl, at home when she started bleeding and slipped into unconsciousness.

'All Girls to School': Niger launches communications campaign on girls' education
NIAMEY, Niger, 9 October 2008 - Ahead of the new school year that started this week in Niger, the Nigerien Government, with UNICEF's support, launched a communications campaign called 'All Girls to School for a Brighter Future'.

As UNICEF and WHO issue global update, water and sanitation still in short supply in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 17 July 2008 – Water is essential for drinking, cooking and hygiene, but collecting it is an arduous and time-consuming daily chore for women such as Kouloua in rural Niger.

UNICEF-supported soap opera raises awareness about HIV/AIDS in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 15 July 2008 – HIV/AIDS is an issue that is rarely talked about in Niger’s conservative society. In August, in an effort to bring the issue to the forefront, Niger will launch its first ever soap opera about young people living in a world affected by the AIDS pandemic.

A new chance for homeless youths and juvenile offenders in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 2 July 2008 – Souley, 16, lives on the streets of Niamey, Niger's capital. He spends most days at the local Educative, Preventive and Judiciary Service (SEJUP) centre, where he is learning skills that will enable him to earn a living and stay out of trouble.

Turning former practitioners against female genital mutilation in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 28 May 2008 – Haissa’s life has forever changed. Her village has publicly vowed to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), asking practitioners to “put down the knife” and put an end to the practice.

Rural preschools create a supportive environment for children in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 27 May 2008 – The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and UNICEF held a signing ceremony today in honour of their new partnership, which aims to create at least 100 rural integrated community preschools in Niger over the next two years.

Child health strategy encourages use of bed nets to combat malaria in Niger
MADAROUNFA, Niger, 28 April 2008 – Every night, Aliya Saadou, 26, makes sure that her three young children, including one-month-old Bassira, sleep under the safety of a bed net. Once treated with insecticides, a mosquito net is the best protection against malaria, which is endemic in Aliya’s village of Safo Tchikadji, located just 15 km south of Maradi, Niger’s second biggest city.

Executive Board delegates visit Niger to assess progress and set priorities for the future
NIAMEY, Niger, 7 April 2008 – Members of the Executive Board have concluded a working visit to Niger that provided them with an overview of UNICEF’s contribution towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in one the world’s poorest countries.

Oral rehydration salts are a life-saving solution in Niger
SOUMARANA, Niger, 14 January 2008 – Soumaïya, 5, went to bed feeling ill. By the morning, her condition had worsened and she was stricken with vomiting and diarrhoea. Thankfully, her mother took her to Soumarana’s health post and Soumaïya was given adequate attention.

National measles campaign targets 2.9 million children in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 7 January 2008 – Ansoumane, 16 months old, shut his eyes tightly and clenched his little fists as he received a jab in the arm to rousing applause, under the gaze of Niger’s President Mamadou Tandja.

Community volunteers help avert potential health crises before they happen
MADAROUNFA, Niger, 25 September 2007 – When Mourja Abou’s 10-month-old son Nouhou fell ill two months ago, the mother of six knew exactly what to do. She used sugar, salt and clean water to prepare an oral rehydration solution for her son. She then continued to breastfeed him and added solid foods as he began to feel better.

UNICEF Niger works with chiefs to promote child survival and girls’ education
MARADI, Niger, 10 August 2007 – In southern Niger’s Tibiri region, a chief is being coronated. Presiding over the solemn ceremony is Grand Chief Abdou Bala Marafa, one of the country’s most influential traditional leaders.

UNICEF and partners aid child labourers and fight trafficking in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 15 June 2007 – The sight of children toiling in the streets is part of the daily landscape here in Niger’s capital. In one of the poorest countries in the world, two-thirds of children under the age of 14 work.

Habiba’s story: Early marriage leads to tragedy for a young woman in Niger
MARADI, Niger, 29 May 2007 – Habiba, now 17, lives in a small village in southern Niger’s Tibiri region. Married three years ago, she has since endured a tragedy that illustrates some of the worst perils of early marriage.

ECHO and UNICEF promote Plumpy’nut production to improve child nutrition in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 18 May 2007 – Two years after Niger’s severe nutrition crisis, the sight of undernourished children is less common than it was, but chronic malnutrition still affects more than 50 percent of the country's young children. And 10 per cent of Niger’s children suffer from acute malnutrition, even when the harvests are good.

Malnutrition challenges child survival in Niger, despite recent gains
New York, USA, 23 March 2007 – In Niger, one out of five children dies before the age of five, and more than half of those deaths can be attributed to malnutrition.

Cereal banks provide food security during Niger’s ‘lean season’
GUIDON GAZOBI, Niger, 29 September 2006 – The workday is long for the women and girls of Niger. It is still early in the morning when Mahou Abdou begins her daily chores – a series of strenuous tasks, all of which she will have completed before noon.

Fight for survival: Saving undernourished children in Niger
MAYAHI, Niger, 18 September 2006 – Seven-month-old Ramanatou has travelled nine km with her mother to the Mayahi District Hospital in Maradi. She is suffering from diarrhoea, vomiting and a high fever. Unable even to digest her mother’s breast milk, Ramanatou is severely malnourished.

‘WASH’ strategy improves access to safe water and sanitation in Niger
GUIDAN GAZOBI, Niger, 8 September 2006 – Access to safe drinking water is a daily struggle for the people of Niger, especially women and girls, who are responsible for collecting water for their families.

Saving children’s lives during Niger’s nutrition crisis
MARADI, Niger, May 2006 – Back in August 2005, Lawali was a very weak five-month-old snuggled in his mother’s lap at a therapeutic feeding centre in Aguie village in the Maradi region of Niger. His mother was spoon-feeding him nutritious therapeutic milk, supplied by UNICEF to help severely undernourished children recover.

As the ‘hunger season’ begins in Niger, UN nutrition appeal offers hope for the Sahel
NIAMEY, Niger, 28 March 2006 – This is the start of the ‘hunger season’ for the Sahel – the vast parched region of West Africa that is one of the poorest on earth – and it is beginning to show in the faces of infants. In a bid to avoid a repeat of the 2005 nutrition crisis here, the United Nations today launched a funding appeal for approximately $92 million to cover the food and nutrition needs of Sahelian countries this year.

Kilima’s burden: Access to water a daily struggle for women in Niger
SAFO NASSARAOUA, Niger, 23 March 2006 – Kilima Sabaou has dreams for her family. She wants to find a job to earn some extra money so she can buy food. She wants to know where her children are in the mornings and help them with basic care. But she cannot do any of this. Water is Kilima’s burden.

After contracting polio, a boy struggles to walk again
MARADI, Niger, 10 March 2006 – Four-year-old Sanoussi was healthy and active, until one day he suddenly couldn’t move his legs anymore.

Mobile cinema brings entertainment and education to Niger’s desert dwellers
AZZEL, Niger, 30 December 2005–After a long drive through northern Niger’s arid landscape, a minivan pulls up in the remote desert oasis of Azzel. This evening, the van is bringing not supplies, but entertainment and education. The “cinema on wheels” has arrived.

UNICEF survey reveals continued high malnutrition among Niger’s children
MARADI, Niger, 21 December 2005 – This year, images of the gaunt eyes and scrawny bodies of Niger’s children shocked the world into action, taking relief supplies to the starving children. But the urgent need for food remains.

Niger: Food crisis may yet worsen
MARADI, Niger, 23 November 2005 – Startling new figures from Niger show that, since the worst of the food crisis in July, more than 12 per cent of the country’s children under 5 have been treated for some form of malnutrition. Humanitarian workers are warning that the crisis is not over; a new critical period is expected in January-March of next year.

Food programme in Zinder region saves lives, but crisis is not over
ZINDER, Niger, 26 October 2005 - Mothers and children waited patiently under the shade of trees, avoiding the burning sun. They had gathered here in hopes of getting a ration of food, from a new feeding programme for villages in the Zinder region – one of the areas hardest hit by Niger’s food crisis.

For pregnant women in Niger, prenatal check-ups come with grain
TCHADOUA, Niger, 15 September 2005 – Nineteen-year-old Sara was one of a thousand pregnant women who gathered recently at the health centre at Tchadoua in Niger’s Maradi region, for free prenatal check-ups and also to collect a set of benefits: food and an insecticide-treated bednet, to help prevent malaria.

Community gardens provide food, income for families
AGADEZ, Niger, 14 September 2005 – Niger is struggling to cope with a nutrition crisis. But in the village of Alikinkin, community gardens are an oasis of beauty and a source of food, helping children avoid the worst effects of the crisis.

UN Secretary-General visits UNICEF-supported hospital in Niger
ZINDER, Niger, 23 August 2005 – On the first day of his visit to Niger, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan got a first-hand look at the food crisis affecting the country. “I came here to see things for myself and I’m very happy that I came,” said Mr. Annan to a group of international and national media. “I was able to visit the Children’s Hospital in Zinder and I also saw MSF’s (Médecins Sans Frontières) operations. I think that both are very effective and both are helping the children,” said Mr. Annan.

News analysis: Niger crisis has deep roots
NEW YORK, 23 August 2005 – Even a brief stay in Niger drives home the urgent need for the humanitarian relief that is now arriving after a sluggish international response to the long-predicted food crisis there. At UNICEF-supplied centres where bone-thin children receive therapeutic milk through feeding tubes and those less severely affected get other high-protein supplements, there are finally signs that most of the 800,000 young Nigeriens at risk of acute malnutrition will be reached.

Niger’s neighbours also threatened by food crisis
NEW YORK, 19 August 2005 – As the disturbing images of starving children in Niger fade from the international media, a similar crisis could be just around the corner for other countries in the Sahel – the vast parched region of West Africa bordering the Sahara desert.

Food and vaccines saving children’s lives
MARADI, Niger, 17 August 2005 – With their babies on their backs, mothers in the village of Tsaki wait patiently in line to receive food and medical attention – the result of a global effort to stop starvation in this drought-stricken country.

Providing safe water for southern Niger
SAFO SOUMARANA, Niger, 17 August 2005 – Niger’s food crisis, with its haunting images of starving children, has caught the attention of the world press. While UNICEF has taken a lead role in providing food aid, the organization has also been quietly working for years to ensure that Niger’s children have another resource which is equally essential for survival – safe water to drink.

Goats for Niger villages help families cope with crisis
MARADI, Niger, 11 August 2005 – UNICEF is providing about 150 villages across Maradi region – the epicentre of Niger’s food crisis – with goats, to help families avoid the worst effects of the crisis. Mothers will have the means to feed their children better, as the goats provide them with milk, cheese, meat and even extra income.

Niger: Therapeutic milk is saving children’s lives
AGUIE, Niger, 10 August 2005 – “My son’s name is Lawali,” says 30-year old Hadjara. “He’s five months old. He’s still very weak, but I think he’s getting better. His eyes follow me around now.”

Niger crisis: Food aid is reaching children
NEW YORK, 8 August 2005 – More than a week after pictures of starving children in Niger shocked the world into action, relief supplies are reaching their destination, but more needs to be done to get children out of danger.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director says Niger food crisis is an urgent priority
NIAMEY, Niger, 5 August 2005 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah is visiting Niger to see firsthand the situation of hundreds of thousands of children, hit hard by the country’s food crisis. The first item on her agenda was a meeting with President Tandja Mamadou.

Niger food crisis: Providing aid and strengthening communities
NEW YORK, 3 August 2005 – The food crisis in Niger means that the number of children requiring medical treatment for malnutrition has more than doubled in a year. Admissions at therapeutic feeding centres continue to rise. In response, UNICEF is supporting deliveries of emergency food and medical supplies and is training health workers in management of severe and moderate malnutrition among children.

Niger food crisis: A story from the front lines
MARADI, Niger, 1 August 2005 – Her face distraught, her gaunt body sweating in the midday heat, Indo arrives at a UNICEF-supported therapeutic feeding centre in this community in southern Niger. Indo is carrying her 21-month old baby girl, Salima, in her arms.

UNICEF seeks $14.6 million to save children in Niger
NEW YORK, 29 July 2005 –  Hunger and malnutrition are threatening the lives of 3.6 million people in Niger – among them 800,000 children under five. UNICEF and its partners have made an emergency appeal for $14.6 million as famine threatens to spread through the region.

Children and women bearing the brunt of Niger’s food security crisis
MARADI, Niger, 13 July 2005 – Children and women in Niger are bearing the brunt of this year’s food security crisis, brought on by a combination of drought and locust infestation during the 2004 growing season. In many villages of the Maradi Region in southern Niger, the lack of food has sent children begging on the streets.

Food crisis in Niger: Nana’s battle to stay alive
RIKISKAMA, Niger, 16 June 2005 – In an isolated village in Niger’s south-central district of Dakoro, Ramatou and her husband were worried about their seventeen-month-old daughter, Nana. The once-active toddler had grown increasingly lethargic as her weight continued to drop. When Nana no longer had the strength to sit up on her own, her parents realized she needed medical care.

Food shortages hit children in Niger
NEW YORK, 2 June 2005 – Hundreds of thousands of children in Niger are facing serious malnutrition because of food shortages. Swarms of locusts consumed the bulk of last year’s crops and livestock died from hunger and thirst because drought dried up pastureland.

Traditional Chiefs encourage girls to go to school
TCHADI, Niger 15 April 2005 - The role of Niger’s Traditional Chiefs has evolved in modern times.

Crop failure, locusts contribute to critical food shortages
NIAMEY, Niger, 8 April 2005 – Children and families in Niger face critical food shortages in 2005.

Fighting polio across Niger’s Sahara desert
NIAMEY, Niger, 2 February 2005 – Twelve-year-old Roukaya has been paralyzed by polio since the age of five. She was unable to walk until she received corrective surgery last year. For the first time in her life, she is able to go out of the house by herself.

Fighting AIDS on the air in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 30 November 2004 – Radio is the newest tool for fighting HIV and AIDS in Niger.


 

 

 

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