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MSF in Niger, 2005
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In the first quarter of 2004, a measles epidemic occurred in Niger's capital city, Niamey. In March and April 2004, MSF, in cooperation with the ministry of health, carried out a massive measles-vaccination campaign there and in two other districts.
Before the epidemic had ended, more than 30,000 people had contracted the disease, and MSF had vaccinated 100,000 children between the ages of six months and five years. MSF also supplied 500 medical treatments to Niamey's largest hospital to treat children suffering from critical complications related to the disease.
Epidemics have led to an increase in malnutrition in Niger. Currently, MSF runs an emergency nutrition program in the eastern city of Maradi. During 2003, 6,500 children received high-protein treatment in MSF's therapeutic feeding center. The objective of this program is to set up a new approach to treat severe malnutrition, which consists of reducing or even eliminating the hospitalization stage. One-third of the children admitted to the center and all of those who are not severely malnourished are treated as outpatients.
MSF has worked in Niger since 1985.