Increasingly frequent droughts have caused recurring food and nutritional crises in Niger. In July 2012, the global acute malnutrition rate stood at 14.8%. Floods that hit the country a month later destroyed many sanitation infrastructures and health facilities, increased the risk of diarrhoeic disease outbreaks and saw a cholera epidemic declared. At the same time, the country was faced with a huge influx of over 50,000 people fleeing war in Mali.
Having previously worked in Niger in 2006, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL decided to re-open its mission in July 2012, in response to the resurgence of the cholera epidemic caused by the floods. Our teams helped to improve living conditions for those affected in Tillabéri by rehabilitating water supply infrastructures. Actions in targeted areas (Dosso, Maradi, Niamey, Tillabéri) were set up in order to fight the cholera epidemic. Examples of these included the immediate disinfection of housing and public places, and the chlorination of water points. In Mirriah, where we delivered solutions to meet water, hygiene and sanitation needs, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL also contributed its expertise to develop a scheme to combat malnutrition.
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