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Women and children wait for assistance at a clinic that provides supplementary food for undernourished children in Niger’s Maradi Region. The country continues to suffer high rates of child malnutrition.


The protracted food and nutrition crisis, cholera and meningitis outbreaks, floods and escalating violence in the northern part of Niger have gravely worsened the well-being and livelihood of children and women throughout the country. In some areas, global acute malnutrition reaches troubling peaks – around 20 per cent of under-five children. In 2007, the country was once again struck by meningitis and cholera outbreaks and further weakened by the displacement of 25,000 people fleeing confrontations between Tuareg rebels and the national army.


In 2008, UNICEF will continue to be cluster lead for nutrition and will reach 350,000 children affected by malnutrition. In the other humanitarian areas, UNICEF prepares to cover the needs of 10,000 vulnerable children and women.

Health and nutrition: UNICEF will support nutritional therapeutic and supplementary feeding centres to cover the needs of 350,000 malnourished children and will continue to reinforce effective nutritional surveillance. A nationwide blanket feeding operation reaching approximately 370,000 children is also part of the 2008 plan.

Water, sanitation and hygiene: UNICEF will preposition non-food items, medical supplies, water and sanitation equipment and family kits to cover the needs of 10,000 internally displaced persons.

Education: The education programme will focus on training education managers on minimal norms for education in emergency situations, and will provide teacher/parent education on key nutrition and hygiene practices in 50 preschool centres and 100 schools. In case of floods, UNICEF will distribute school kits and material to build temporary learning spaces and will rehabilitate classes to cover the needs of 100 schools.

Child protection: UNICEF plans to reinforce those grass-roots organizations and NGOs which are organizing revenue-generating activities in the areas affected by the insecurity and those where natural disasters are likely to occur in 2008. The current forecast is to assist 1,000 disadvantaged households.

Mine action: In 2008, UNICEF will begin its mine-risk education (MRE) in schools and communities of the northern region of Agadez. Activities will include the development of locally adapted education tools and the training of trainers on MRE.

Summary of UNICEF financial needs for 2008
Sector US$
Health and nutrition 6,413,000
Water, sanitation and hygiene 791,000
Education 230,000
Child protection 50,000
Mine action 40,000
Total* 7,524,000

* The total includes a maximum recovery rate of 7 per cent. The actual recovery rate on contributions will be calculated in accordance with UNICEF Executive Board Decision 2006/7 dated 9 June 2006.


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