The Covid-19 crisis is a Child Rights Crisis
Check out our Covid-Diaries which provide you an important insight into the impact of the pandemic on children in Niger
Niger Covid Diaries – May 2020
Following the confirmation of the first positive case of COVID-19 in Niger, UNICEF has been working closely with the Government and its partners to step up the response and prevent further proliferation of the COVID-19 virus in the country, already facing the consequences of multiple crisis (nutrition, conflicts, natural disasters). While all regions are touched by the pandemic, the most affected regions remain Niamey and Zinder, the last one recently presenting a rapid increase in the number of cases.
According to its response plan, UNICEF continues to support the Government, and particularly the Ministry of Health (MoH), in the field of risk communication and community engagement (RCCE), infection prevention and control (IPC), supply and logistics, epidemiological surveillance and healthcare provision.
Moreover, the Country Office is closely working with the Ministry of Education to ensure continuity of education to children during the school closure period and with child protection actors to ensure that the needs of children on the move are met. UNICEF is co-leading three of the eight sub-committees established by the MoH (RCCE, IPC and logistics) and is an active member of the others. UNICEF is also participating to the UN COVID-19 crisis group.