Malnutrition is a major threat to children’s health and development in Niger. According to 2016 data, 10.3 per cent of children are acutely malnourished (unchanged since 2006).
Stunting, which has consequences for a child’s survival, cognitive and economic development, affects 42.2 per cent of children, down just 1.6 per cent since 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, even with significant efforts in treatment and prevention. The number of stunted children is expected to increase by 44 per cent by 2025 owing to population growth.
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.