Niger is an arid country mainly comprised of the Sahara Desert and its poverty conditions are among the worst in the world. With 66 percent of its population living within the poverty line, Niger ranks at the bottom of the 2009 UNDP Human Development Index. Major public health problems identified by the Niger Government include malaria, diarrheal diseases, acute respiratory infections, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS/STIs. These are exacerbated by prevailing poverty in rural areas where the majority of the people live. Access to potable water and essential health services in the country are limited.
To address these challenges, Relief International and the Niger Government (including Ministries of Health and Education) have created programs to alleviate suffering and contribute to integrated development in the country's health and the education sectors. In the aftermath of Niger Food and Nutrition crisis of 2005, Relief International started a livelihoods program in Northern Tahoua to address the needs of 4,000 pastoralist and agro-pastoralists in the region, through a partnership with a Tuareg local association called MASNAT.
Niger - Current Programs
Niger:Support for Improved Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services
Relief International's program aims to improve quality and access to sexual reproductive health services and raise awareness in the community about important reproductive health services and safe health practices. Learn More...
Niger: Assistance to Malian Refugees
Relief International is assisting Malian refugee families to meet their emergency needs by providing shelter, health and hygiene services in addition to restoring their livelihoods for the long-term. Learn More...
Niger - Past Programs
- Niger: Healthy Start Child Survival Program
- Niger: Food for Education
- Niger: Project of Professionalization - Manual Drillers