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Niger

L2

Coordination mechanism: Hybrid Sector/Cluster
Year of activation: 2010
NCC: UNICEF P4 FT
Co-facilitator : ACF
IMO:UNICEF Nutrition Specialist P3 (double-hatting)
Coordination arrangement:
National level: MoPH lead, UNICEF co-lead and Action Against Hunger as Co-facilitator
Sub-national level: no cluster approach activated, sector coordination (health and nutrition integrated)

Country Key Contacts

Ann Defraye

Coordinator adefraye@unicef.org

Ibrahim Garba Dandano

Co-Coordinator igarbadandano@ne.acfspain.org

Adama N'diaye

Information Management Officer andiaye@unicef.org

Annual report 2020

January to December 2020

Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO)
Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)

Link to HRP

Current Challenges
  • Child malnutrition worsened as a result of structural factors (poor infant and young child feeding practices, inadequate maternal care, occurrence of recurrent infections and outbreaks, poor access to safe drinking water as well as poor hygiene and sanitation conditions) exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food and healthcare systems, flooding, and the volatile security situation. In 2020, stunting remains a major problem, affecting almost one in two children (45.1%). Niger has one of the highest numbers of stunted children in the Sahel region. Maradi and Zinder, the two most populous regions of the country, are the most affected with levels above 50%. Global acute malnutrition (GAM) increased to 12.7% compared to 10.7% the previous year. The prevalence of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is estimated at 2.6%, surpassing the WHO emergency threshold of 2% and was particularly severe in Diffa, Agadez, Zinder and Tahoua with a SAM prevalence near or above 3%. Moreover, micronutrient deficiencies (anemia) remain widespread, affecting 63.3% of infants age 6-59 months and 58.4% of women of reproductive age, with limited disparities across regions (SMART 2020). 
  • Infant and young child feeding practices remain non optimal with only 21.1% infant exclusively breastfeed and 13.8 % of young children having access to dietary diversity.  
  • Displaced populations whether internally, returnees, refugees from Mali, Burkina Faso or Nigeria, and migrants are extremely vulnerable to malnutrition given their lost of livelihoods and living conditions. Host communities living in insecure areas are also limited to move and re-locate which also affects their livelihood activities and access to health services;
  • Young women and adolescent girls, who are marginalized and living in rural areas, are particularly exposed to the risk of malnutrition, contributing in a significant manner to the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition given frequent pregnancies in these young women. 

Key Figures in 2020

(millions)

Funding in 2020

(millions)
Number of SAM under-five children in need 2020
Number of SAM under-five children in need 2021
Number of MAM under-five children in need 2020
Number of MAM under-five children in need 2021
Number of children 6-23 months in need of BSFP- Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme 2020
Number of children 6-23 months in need of BSFP- Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme 2021
(millions)
Number of moderately acutely malnourished PLW in need 2020
Number of moderately acutely malnourished PLW in need 2021
Number of caregivers of children hospitalized for acute malnutrition receiving food assistance 2020
Number of moderately acutely malnourished PLW in need Of BSFP 2021
Number of caregivers of children hospitalized for acute malnutrition receiving food assistance 2021
(millions)

Total partners (54)

0
National NGOs
0
International NGOs
0
UN agencies
0
Government authorities
0
Donors

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