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

Niger

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

Pays /Région : Niger

Code projet : HNER20-NUT-162357-2

Durée : 31/12/2019 — 30/12/2020

Contexte
During the past decade, more than 2.8 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 in the past five years. 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 (GAM prevalence >15% and SAM prevalence >3%) are the ones of Maradi, Zinder and Tahoua. These three regions also 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), inadequate care for mothers and children, in an inappropriate environment. HUMANITARIAN NEEDS OF AFFECTED POPULATIONS In Niger, 1.3 million people will be targeted for nutritional assistance : 396,539 SAM children among which 71,665 cases with medical complications and thus at high risk of mortality will benefit from an adequate nutritional care ; 431,439 children from 6 to 59 months (boys and girls) moderately malnourished and 194,605 pregnant and lactating women will receive nutritional assistance by humanitarian actors in the nutrition sector. Blanket feeding activity will cover 78,234 children 6 to 23 months. Also, 54,105 caregivers of SAM children in IPF will receive food assistance.

Résumé
Prevention and treatement of severe acute malnutrition in Niger : UNICEF’s main support will consist in (i) providing nutritional and medical supplies (nutritional therapeutic products, drugs for systematic and specific treatment, materials, etc.) to 1,233 health facilities, (ii) strengthening technical capacities of health staff and community workers in IMAM and IYCF, promotion of IYCF at health facility and community levels, monitoring and supervision of services providers, data collection, analysis and nutrition information sharing, and (iii) strengthening coordination at central and decentralized level. Throughout its interventions, UNICEF will contribute to strenghtening the national health system (supply chain, information system, etc.), in order to better link humanitarian action to longer-term development.

Organisation (s) : United Nations Children’s Fund
Partenaires de mise en oeuvre : UNICEF, MoHP, cluster partners

Financement : 7,520,982 $

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