Niger: Latest MSF Updates

 

This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.

In Niger, MSF focused on reducing child mortality, particularly during the annual nutrition and malaria crisis. Teams also provided humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced people in the south.

In Diffa region, where hundreds of thousands of people were affected by fighting between Boko Haram and armies in the area, MSF worked with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to provide free basic and reproductive health care and to respond to emergencies. Teams carried out over 317,000 consultations and 3,810 deliveries, and treated some 24,500 malaria patients in Diffa in 2016.

In Tahoua region, MSF worked in health centers and at the Madaoua district hospital, which expanded to 350 beds during the seasonal peak in malnutrition and malaria cases. MSF ran the inpatient therapeutic feeding center (ITFC) and pediatric and neonatal wards, and started supporting the maternity ward.

In Zinder region, MSF supported the pediatric unit and ITFC in Magaria district hospital. The team repeatedly boosted capacity for malnutrition and malaria cases, reaching 600 beds at the seasonal peak and supporting 11 health centers. In Dungass district, MSF opened an additional 200-bed pediatric unit.

MSF teams ran community-based activities to combat malaria, and more than 117,000 children received seasonal malaria chemoprevention. MSF supported pediatric and nutrition activities in Zinder City and Chare Zamna.

In Maradi region, MSF ran a pediatric program in and around Madarounfa town and added neonatal care to MSF’s activities; 15,573 children received care for severe malnutrition.

MSF and the MOH vaccinated nearly 240,000 people during a meningitis outbreak, and vaccinated 70,000 people in Tahoua region, 66,000 in Diffa region, and 61,000 in Tillabéri region during measles outbreaks. Other teams assisted in a vaccination campaign against cholera in Diffa and aided victims of floods in Tahoua.

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