Malnutrition is a major threat to children’s health and development in Niger.
More than 4 out of 10 children under 5 are stunted, robbing them of their full potential.
Global acute malnutrition is consistently above the 10 per cent ‘alert’ level – even during times and in places where no nutrition-related emergencies have been declared.
Micronutrient deficiencies are rampant, and more than 70 per cent of children under 5 are anemic.
As Niger’s population continues to grow, the burden of malnutrition will persist, even with significant efforts in treatment and prevention.
Nutrition services have developed in scale and number but the lack of predictable funding to keep them going over the long-term is a major concern. Over 90 per cent of resources currently invested for scaling up nutrition interventions are from humanitarian sources or development funding with once-off, short-to-medium term contributions.
“Our plot of land doesn't give enough crops to feed us through the year.”
19-year-old Aicha, mother to Nazirou who needed treatment for severe acute malnutrition at Dakoro Hospital in Maradi region. Aicha and her family are at the mercy of climate change in the rural areas of Niger.