Help has already been involved in Niger since 2005. In its current five projects Help is supporting approximately 145,000 people. In addition to focussing on health and securing food supplies, we are also running projects to create income and help refugees.
Help in Niger
Food and health care
"For the future of my three sons I hope that they are healthy and no longer have to live in poverty", says Abedi, 31 years old.
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What is the situation like in Niger?
There is extreme hardship in the poorest country in the world
Niger is the poorest country in the world. Half of the population of Niger lives in extreme poverty. Regularly recurring droughts, flooding and famines threaten a population that is growing extremely quickly. It is the children that suffer most of all: 4 out of 10 children under 5 years of age are malnourished and the child mortality rate is one of the highest in the world.
Most of the population has no access to clean drinking water. Contaminated water leads to diseases such as cholera, which can be fatal if they are not treated. The health care system is hopelessly overstretched, there is one doctor for every 50,000 people.
More people than ever now need to be helped to overcome their hardship in the poorest country in the world. Approximately 140,000 people have fled to Niger, particularly from neighbouring Nigeria, to escape violence. The conditions in the refugee camps are extremely inadequate and help is required urgently.
How is Help helping in Niger?
Providing sustainable assistance through health care and ensuring food supplies
The focus is on health care and improving food supplies, above all for mothers and malnourished children. Furthermore, in addition to emergency humanitarian aid, Help is supporting economically deprived refugees from Nigeria and their host communities through income creation. Help is actively involved in the regions of Tillaberi, Tahoua and Diffa.
In our projects we are providing the following assistance:
- Training health care staff and volunteers in the prevention and treatment of malnutrition in children
- Medical care for refugees, displaced persons and host communities
- Support to refugees and host communities through income creation in agriculture as well as handicrafts and small businesses
- Psycho-social support for refugees
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Medical care for 4 malnourished children costs € 25.
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