Humanitarian Response

Reaching children in greatest need and at greatest risk is at the heart of UNICEF’s humanitarian action.

Humanitarian Response
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Challenges

As Niger continues to grapple with insecurity, food shortages, natural disasters, epidemics, extreme poverty and a lack of basic services, around 2.3 million people, including 1.2 million children, need humanitarian assistance.

Children and families in the southeastern and western parts of the country are hardest hit, as multiple crises worsen the humanitarian situation in Diffa, Tillabery and Tahoua regions.

The situation is especially dire in Diffa where more than more than 400,000 people continue to suffer the brutal consequences of a three-year conflict and the resulting population displacement.

In addition, more than 87,000 people located in the two regions bordering Mali may become internally displaced if the security situation continues to deteriorate.

As humanitarian challenges mount, an ever-growing number of people will be at risk and need help in 2018.

More than 227,000 people who have been forcibly displaced or affected by natural disasters will require emergency access to safe water.

An estimated 380,000 children under 5 are in danger of becoming acutely malnourished due to the national nutrition crisis. Food and nutrition insecurity is on the rise in communities impacted by multiple crises with limited access to basic social services.

Outbreaks of measles, meningitis, hepatitis E and cholera could affect 1.2 million people nationwide, and 180,000 people are vulnerable to the devastating impact of natural disasters.

 

Solutions

UNICEF works a layered and multi-faceted process to help bring food and nutrition, water and sanitation in emergency situations.

In partnership with the government, other UN agencies, and local and international NGOs, UNICEF provides an integrated humanitarian response for education and child protection to internally displaced, refugee and returning children and families in Diffa region.

For children affected by other crises, UNICEF supports national treatment for severe acute malnutrition, as well as providing non-food items, water, hygiene, sanitation and education emergency services to children and families affected by floods.

For those affected by disease outbreaks such as measles, UNICEF helps contain the outbreak and provides emergency support to families and to the education system to respond to the consequences of food insecurity on school attendance in several regions.

 

“I was in fourth grade in Nigeria, and I'm happy and proud to be able to continue my education despite everything.”

 

Kana, 16, who fled Nigeria when her village was attacked, and is now able to continue learning via lessons broadcast on radio in Elhadj Menari camp for internally displaced people in Diffa region.

Resources

These resources represent just a small selection of materials on humanitarian response produced by UNICEF and its partners in Niger. The list is regularly updated to include the latest information. 

Humanitarian Action for Children - UNICEF Niger 2018

UNICEF Niger Humanitarian Situation Report, 31 July 2018