Collaborating to raise awareness and fight against neglected tropical diseases in Niger
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) remain a significant challenge in Niger.
In order to protect children and communities, it is critical to intensify awareness-raising strategies to raise the profile of NTDs, and advocate for the systematic integration of NTD priorities at all levels of the health system.
Regreening Africa project helps rehabilitate Issaka’s family land
In Niger, subsistence agriculture is the main activity of the population, especially in rural areas. Unfortunately, many areas are subjected to dry weather conditions which make for poor harvests. Issaka, 47, a religious leader and farmer from Simiri in Tillabery region, testifies of the positive impact of the Regreening Africa project, and the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) model on the well-being of his family.
A visit to a rural clinic in Niger
Two Community Health Workers offer their services to support more than 1,200 people in pregnant Asmaou's village. When they are limited they refer the inhabitants to the health centre of Kargui Bangou; the only health centre closest to the village which is six kilometres away. In this health centre, there is no water point and the women have to come with their containers.
Surrounded by several challenges, Asmaou is due to deliver her third child in a couple of months.
Empowering the women of Niger through savings groups
World Vision works with over 3,400 savings groups in Niger, bringing together more than 55,000 members; most of whom are women.
Supported by World Vision and like-minded partners, these groups have been able to mobilise over 850,000 US dollars, allowing them to invest in income-generating activities and thus to be able to provide for their children.
Intensifying efforts to prevent COVID-19 infection in Niger
World Vision is collaborating with the Mediator of the Republic of Niger and other partners on a campaign against COVID-19, launched on 10 August 2020 at the Royal Palace of Tahoua Region. World Vision has donated supplies worth 19,000,000 FCFA (about USD 34,000) to support national efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
Poverty, which affects a large majority of Nigeriens, has serious repercussions on children's access to healthy food, financial resources, health services and education.
The lack of access to healthy food is the main reason for the high level of malnutrition which affects children in both rural and urban areas of Niger. Inadequate diets lead to underweight children and major development problems. Many children in Niger suffer from micro-nutritional deficiencies and disorders due to a lack of iodine.
At World Vision, we used a community-based approach to address the root causes of issues affecting children. Key sectors of our work include Child Protection, WASH, education, and nutrition. Gender, advocacy, faith and development are cross-cutting elements in all our work.
Highlights of our work with partners to transform the life stories of vulnerable children and communities
Ending Violence with Education
Niger is one of the countries in the world most affected by violence against children. One of the most devastating is child marriage. Despite the efforts of the Government of Niger and its partners, the prevalence rate of child marriage has changed little in the last 20 years. At last check, in 2012, 76% of girls were married before they turned 18. Although there are many social, cultural and economic reasons it happens, we believe it must stop.