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.
The Tillabéri region had received heavy rainfall that year, leading to severe flooding in some areas. Our teams helped to improve living conditions for those affected by the floods by restoring water supply infrastructure (concrete bore holes and wells).
Activities in targeted areas (Dosso, Maradi, Niamey, Tillabéri) were also set up in order to fight the spread of the cholera epidemic, through the immediate disinfection of housing and public places as well as the chlorination of water points. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL also worked to improve water access in these areas with the aim of preventing new epidemic outbreaks by rehabilitating and managing existing infrastructure.
While meeting water, sanitation and hygiene needs in Mirrah, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL also contributed its expertise to developing a program to combat malnutrition.
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