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Niger. A healthy start.

Help tackle malnutrition in Niger.

Just a few pounds can help provide safe, reliable water supplies to malnutrition centres and local communities and deliver training and equipment to improve hygiene practices and water quality.

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How we are helping

You'll be helping people like Allassane Amadou, 37, who is a Senior Nurse at the malnutrition centre in Azzel village, Agadez region. Every day, Allassane treats women and children who are desperately ill from malnutrition. But the centre has no clean water. This means he cannot wash his hands or clean the medical equipment properly, complicating nutritional treatments and women's deliveries, both of which require lots of clean water.

The project will install water and sanitation facilities, which will enable Allassane to do his job properly. Clean water will help prevent malnourished patients from catching waterborne diseases and enable women to give birth safely, improving recovery rates. The installation of latrines will help to stop diseases from spreading, and give patients dignity.

Enhancing the centre in this way will help to restore Allassane's pride in his work. As a government employee, his salary is relatively low, and wage payments are irregular, as they are for most government employees in Niger. These working conditions mean it is difficult for health centres in such remote places to retain staff. Having the proper facilities to treat people makes him more likely to stay in his job, providing much-needed health services to the people of Azzel.


What your money can buy

£19 could set up a water management point in one of the affected communities

£30 could distribute a hygiene kit to five mother/child couples

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A bit of background

Niger has the unfortunate accolade of being the least developed country in the world. A number of complex factors including malfunctioning food markets, climate change impacts, and cultural practices mean that malnutrition is a serious problem, estimated to cause nearly half of all child deaths in the country. This is a tragedy we are desperate to tackle.

In rural Agadez region, where the project is located, there is a serious lack of safe drinking water and toilets - even in the malnutrition treatment centres. Without these facilities, it is impossible to prevent or treat malnutrition properly. Persistent diarrhoea caused by waterborne diseases can lead to malnutrition, and people suffering from malnutrition are more susceptible to contracting diseases from dirty water. It is a vicious cycle.

How we're helping

The project will address this by installing water points and toilets in malnutrition centres and villages, reaching 15,000 mother-and-child couples over three years. We will install washing areas and facilities for safely disposing of medical waste, improving hygiene standards at the centres. We will also train community members on the importance of good hygiene, keeping kids healthy and preventing the spread of disease.

All of these activities are crucial progress in the fight against malnutrition.

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Look how far your money can go

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives. Just ask the people this project will help.

For women like 22 year-old Fatimata Djibrilla and especially for her malnourished son, clean water is as important for survival as food. Unfortunately, both are in short supply in the remote village of Azzel Kelawel, where the family live. Fatimata's son is receiving medical treatment from a malnutrition centre. But his chances of a full and speedy recovery are seriously limited by the lack of clean drinking water. The only water available for Fatimata to give her sick child is dirty, and risks making him even more ill. The project will provide clean drinking water and toilets in malnutrition centres, which will help mothers like Fatimata to give their children clean water to drink.