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Nutrition response in Niger : Saving lives of people affected by severe acute malnutrition


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Titre : Nutrition response in Niger : Saving lives of people affected by severe acute malnutrition

Pays /Région : Niger

Code projet : HNER19-4-154884-1

Durée : 01/01/2019 — 31/12/2019

During the past decade, 2.6 million children aged 0 to 59 months (boys and girls) were admitted to programs for the management of severe acute malnutrition, an annual average of 370,000 children. The number of SAM children admitted to the programs varies very little from one year to the next, regardless of the occurrence of a food and / or nutritional crisis. This suggests that estimates of need for SAM, based on international recommendations, remain largely underestimated. The most affected regions in terms of prevalence of acute malnutrition (SAM prevalence >2%) are the ones of Maradi, Zinder and Agadez (data from the last national nutrition survey - SMART 2016). However, the regions of Maradi, Zinder and Tahoua have the highest number of admissions, bringing together nearly 80% of the national admissions. The main causes of malnutrition remain the weak access to basic social services, food insecurity for a large part of the population, inadequate food habits (low rate of exclusive breastfeeding, inadequate food diversification) in an inappropriate environment. HUMANITARIAN NEEDS FOR THE AFFECTED POPULATION In Niger, 1 751 000 people will need a nutritional assistance : 380 166 SAM children among which 59 557 cases with medical complications and thus at high risk of mortality will benefit from an adequate nutritional care. 922 656 children from 6 to 59 months (boys and girls) moderately malnourished and 303 757 pregnant and lactating women will need a nutritional assistance by the humanitarian actors of nutrition sector. Blanket feeding activity will cover 66 818 children 6 to 23 months. 77 424 caregivers of SAM children in IPF will receive a food assistance. The main support will consist in providing nutritional and medical supplies (nutritional therapeutic and supplementary products, drugs for the systematic and specific treatment, etc.) to 1,233 health facilities and in strengthening the technical capacities of the health staff and the community workers in IMAM and IYCF, the promotion of IYCF at health facility and community levels, the monitoring and supervision of services providers, data collection, analysis and nutrition information sharing, and strengthening the coordination at central and decentralized level.

Prevention and treatment of severe acute malnutrition in Niger

Organisation (s) : United Nations Children’s Fund
Partenaires de mise en oeuvre : Ministry of Public Health ; cluster partners

Financement : 11,215,460 $

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