Famine Relief Niger
Time frame: Jul. 2010 - Jan. 2014
Type of Assistance: Medical Emergency and Catastrophe Relief
According to UN sources, more than half of the Nigerien population were affected by a severe famine in 2010. In the preceding year, scarce rains had provoked a serious food shortage and undersupply.
While relief efforts were carried out for the affected population in the north and east of Niger, no support of any kind was given to people living in the district of Kollo in the south-western region of Tillabéri.
Based at the humedica clinic situated in this region, we immediately reacted to the situation by initiating a programme that provided urgently needed medical treatment for undernourished children and women.
In cooperation with the Nigerien health ministry and project partners like the World Food Programme, nine distribution centres altogether were rebuilt from scratch.
From these nutrition centres and the humedica clinic in Kollo, it has been possible for us, in the following months, to provide for thousands of slightly and severely undernourished children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.
High-calorie nutritional supplements and medical care were available for patients until their state of health had improved.
In nutrition trainings and preventive medical check-ups, pregnant women and mothers learnt how to improve the state of nutrition and general health of their children.
Just as well, trainings were held for the local staff to improve their professional knowledge about undernourishment and, consequently, the quality of their treatment.
The nutrition centres and their food supply programme will continue to work even after the original famine relief programme is finished, in order to tackle the chronic problem of undernourishment in Niger in a sustainable way.
Thus, a foundation has been laid for the long-term support of many undernourished people in the West African country, which will be continued over the coming years, in the next stage of the humedica project.
Articles about our work for this project
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