Humanitarian assistance in remote areas of Niger

The project led by the Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF) aims to provide humanitarian assistance to pastoral communities living in remote areas of Niger. The three-year project will implement healthcare missions at timed that coincide with periods conducive to epidemics. More specifically the missions will provide first-aid and vaccinations to pastoral populations inhabiting remote and isolated areas of the country, in particular those furthest from rural dispensaries. Sensitisation on important hygiene and sanitary practices is also included in the project. In each village, SCF staff will take the time to discuss the status and conservation of the local biodiversity with beneficiaries. Topics covered include the fight against poaching, illegal logging and the conservation of species.

The Sahara Conservation Fund is an International NGO registered in the USA and Europe. It aims to conserve the wildlife, habitats and other natural resources of the Sahara and its bordering Sahelian grasslands.


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Type

Health / Environment

Duration

June 2021 - May 2024

Location

Niger

Website

https://saharaconservation.org/

Niger

Population
21.5 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 360/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
45% (2014)

Literacy rate
15% (2016)

Human Development Index
189th out of 189 countries

Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is prone to political instability and exogenous shocks, notably droughts which cause chronic food insecurity. It has one of the fastest growing populations in the world with a 3.9% yearly growth rate. Over the past twenty years, Niger’s social indicators have improved significantly. Gross primary school enrolment has increased from 40 % in 2003 to 74% in 2017. Secondary school enrolment remains extremely low at 21%, among the three lowest in the world. Although the mortality rate for children under five has decreased, it remains extremely high at 91 per 1,000 in 2016. HIV/AIDS prevalence has remained stable at 0.4%, one of the lowest in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.