Niger: A healthy start
Funding target: £246,100. Year 3 of a 3 year project
In rural areas of Niger, one in two people do not have access to clean drinking water. When children become ill with vomiting and diarrhoea, they are unable to absorb nutrients, causing children to lose weight quickly, which can lead to malnutrition. Moreover, when malnourished children are taken to clinics for treatment, medical staff are unable to care for them properly due to a lack of clean water. This leads to a cycle in which malnourished children are given dirty water to drink, causing them to lose more weight and become further malnourished. As a result, 14.5 per cent of
Niger's population are malnourished, and it is estimated that almost 50 per cent of child deaths are due to malnutrition. With your support, we will fix water points to provide clean water, and distribute soap and water treatment tablets to malnourished children, speeding up their recovery time.