Malnutrition is a major threat to children’s health and development in Niger. According to 2018 data, 15.0 per cent of children are acutely malnourished in Niger (unchanged since 2006).
Stunting, which has consequences for a child’s survival and cognitive development as well as economic development of the country, affects 47.8 per cent of children, similar to the situation in 2006. 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, unless significant efforts are put on prevention of malnutrition that address all the multisectoral causes. The number of stunted children is expected to increase by 44 per cent by 2025 owing to population growth. Nutrition services have been integrated at scale in health facilities but the lack of predictable funding to ensure medical and nutrition supplies over the long-term remains a major concern.