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Niger is affected by violence and displacement around its border regions, which are part of the central Sahel and the Lake Chad basin.

Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mali share a border region in the central Sahel where state and non-state groups operate against a backdrop of high levels of poverty, climate change, rapid population growth, and increased competition for dwindling resources. 

Southeastern Niger is part of the Lake Chad Basin, where violence that began in Nigeria in 2009 spread. The region was already extremely vulnerable due to social inequalities, poverty, poor infrastructure and recurrent droughts. MSF runs health programmes throughout Niger. 

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Our activities in 2023 in Niger

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2023.

MSF in Niger in 2023 In the aftermath of the political crisis that unfolded in July 2023 in Niger, which compounded pre-existing humanitarian needs in the country, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continued to provide vital healthcare and support in affected areas.
Niger IAR map 2023

During the year, the security situation remained volatile in areas along the borders with Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Mali. There were numerous violent incidents, including kidnappings, assassinations, and casualties from improvised explosive devices in Tillabéry region, in the Lake Chad basin, and to a lesser extent in Maradi region in the south.

Following the military coup on 26 July, sanctions, such as the closure of land and air borders and the suspension of regional trade and banking relations, exacerbated food insecurity and made it even more difficult for people to access healthcare.

In Assamaka, several international NGOs withdrew, leaving thousands of migrants expelled from Algeria to fend for themselves in the desert of northern Niger, deprived of shelter, healthcare, protection and the basic necessities. In response, MSF distributed water and essential relief items such as hygiene and cooking kits, and provided mental health support, while publicly denouncing the appalling conditions migrants were forced to live in.

Despite restrictions on access imposed on humanitarian NGOs, as well as border closures which severely disrupted the supply chain, particularly for nutrition products, we continued offering comprehensive care in hospitals and integrated health centres that we already support in Tillabéri, Maradi, Zinder, Tahoua and Diffa regions. This included maternity, paediatric and nutrition services. We also continued to build and upgrade facilities in these regions as part of our long-term partnership with the Nigerien health authorities to improve access to healthcare for people living in vulnerable circumstances.


In 2023
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Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

EU policies promote violence by denying safety and protection to refugees and migrants

Press Release 21 Feb 2024
Diphtheria, Kano project

Dramatic upscaling of vaccination needed in West Africa to curb deadly diphtheria outbreaks

Press Release 21 Nov 2023
Magaria hospital, Niger

Three things to know about the humanitarian situation in Niger

Interview 11 Sep 2023
MSF denounces the severe lack of shelter and support for migrants abandoned in Assamaka

MSF condemns appalling conditions for migrants abandoned in Assamaka

Press Release 16 Mar 2023

Airstrike kills 12 people including children in south Niger

Press Release 21 Feb 2022
Niger - Magaria Paediatric Unit

Working with the community to counter malaria and malnutrition

Project Update 3 Feb 2022

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