Health

Niger has managed to reduce child mortality but more needs to be done.

Health
UNICEF Niger/Phelps

Challenges

Today, babies and young children in Niger are less likely to die of pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, prematurity and other common childhood conditions than in the past. In 1990, 328 children under 5 died for every 1,000 born, By 2015, that number dropped to 95.

Still: most of these deaths are preventable with the right childcare practices and access to timely medical attention.

In Niger, progress is slow because less than half of all children and mothers live close (5km) to a health clinic. Only 25 per cent of babies are breastfed in the first six months of life and a mere 20 per cent of young children sleep under an insecticide-treated bed net to prevent malaria.

Little progress has been made to reduce maternal mortality: 1 in every 187 women dies during pregnancy, childbirth or after delivery.

Less than one fifth of basic emergency maternal and neonatal care needs are covered, denying countless women and babies life-saving services.

 

''Respiratory problems, diarrhea and malaria are the most common form of sickness among children in our village. After being sensitized by UNICEF, I receive my patients at home, diagnose them and offer them medicine and treatment. Before, the children had to walk far with their mothers to reach the nearest health centre." 

Dan Araou, community volunteer in Tsagé village, Maradi region

Solutions

UNICEF is working with the government and other partners, using simple, inexpensive and high impact health interventions to improve the health of vulnerable children and women.

At the national level, we ensure that government policies, plans, and information management systems are resourced as needed and tailored toward children and women’s needs and rights.

UNICEF also works with partners to improve the delivery of quality public healthcare, including HIV services, and to respond to epidemics, natural disasters and population displacement. This means training clinic and community health workers, providing equipment, and strengthening health systems at the local level.

At the community level, UNICEF works with women, children, young people and community leaders and members to adopt childcare and family practices that promote child health and survival.

Resources

Available publications, surveys, reports will be added in this section

ISSUE BRIEF : Maternal, Child and Newborn Care in Niger - August 2018