Humans of Assamaka

Niger

Niger is affected by violence and people displacements around its border regions.

Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali share a border region in the Central Sahel where state and non-state groups operate in a context of poverty, climatic change, a fast-growing population and increasing competition over dwindling resources. 

The southeast of Niger forms part of the Lake Chad Basin, where violence that began in Nigeria in 2009 has spread. This area was already extremely vulnerable due to social inequality, poverty, poor infrastructure and recurring drought.

We run health programmes throughout Niger. In 2020, responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. 

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Niger : major malnutrition peak this year in Maradi region (ENG)
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Malnutrition in Maradi

Niger

Major malnutrition peak in Maradi region

July 2021

Every year from July to October, the combination of the hunger gap and rainy season triggers a spike in the number of children suffering from acute malnutrition and malaria in southern Niger.

This year, several factors could lead to an exceptionally severe seasonal peak amid dwindling donor funding dedicated to nutritional and paediatric programmes in the area.

Our activities in 2021 in Niger

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021.

MSF in Niger in 2021 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) scaled up activities in response to the volatile humanitarian situation in Niger in 2021, caused by conflict, internal displacement, chronic food insecurity and disease outbreaks.
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In Zinder and Maradi regions, the combination of an early malaria peak and a poor agricultural season led to a significant increase in the number of children needing care. We also saw an unprecedented number of severely malnourished children coming across the border from Nigeria.  

In Maradi, we tripled our intake capacity by launching two new emergency nutrition projects through inpatient and outpatient care in Aguie and Guidam Roumjdi districts, and stepped-up activities, including intensive therapeutic feeding and paediatric care, in Madarounfa district.  

The security situation in Tillabéri region, which borders Mali and Burkina Faso, deteriorated in 2021. A spate of attacks on civilians led the region into a state of violence and internal displacement. To respond to the increased needs in Torodi, Banibangou and Ayorou districts, MSF recruited extra medical staff, conducted mobile clinics, rehabilitated the emergency unit and built a blood bank, an observation unit, and sterilisation and mental health consultation rooms. 

In Diffa region, we ran community consultations to help reduce the workload on hospitals during malaria season, provided paediatric and obstetric care, mental health support and treatment for sexual violence. 

The flow of migrants expelled from Algeria, in unofficial convoys arriving in Assamaka, did not decrease, despite tough anti-migration policies and border closures due to COVID-19. A toll-free number set up for migrants in transit continues to receive calls, and enables MSF teams to rescue migrants who have been tortured and dumped in the desert. 

Throughout 2021, MSF supported the health authorities’ responses to epidemics and floods, and vaccination campaigns against measles, meningitis, cholera and polio.  

 

In 2021
 
DISTRICT HOSPITAL OF MADAROUNFA, NIGER
Niger

Airstrike kills 12 people including children in south Niger

Press Release 21 Feb 2022
 
Niger - Magaria Paediatric Unit
Niger

Working with the community to counter malaria and malnutrition

Project Update 3 Feb 2022
 
Niger: Treating water in communities to prevent malaria
Niger

Combating malaria through water treatment for communities in Niger

Project Update 14 Sep 2021
 
Measles vaccination campaign - Niger May 2021
Measles

Niger: “If vaccinations fail to happen, the effects will be felt for years to come”

Interview 21 May 2021
 
People on the move in Assamaka, Agadez
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

Deportations put migrants’ lives at risk in Niger

Project Update 20 Apr 2021
 
COVID-19 Response in Niger
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Facing multiple challenges in responding to COVID-19 in Niger

Project Update 3 Jun 2020

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