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In Niger, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) focuses on reducing child mortality, particularly during the annual nutrition and malaria crisis. Teams also provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced people in the south.

Diffa region

Diffa region, on the border with Nigeria, continued to suffer the consequences of the conflict between Boko Haram and the different armies in the area. According to local authorities, at the end of 2016, there were over 240,000 refugees and internally displaced people in Diffa, as well as 100,000 local residents living in precarious conditions, vulnerable to violence and disease. Many of these people were depending entirely on humanitarian aid to survive, yet the international community’s emergency response was not sufficient to fulfil their basic needs. MSF published a report highlighting this emergency gap to mobilise the international community.  

MSF worked closely with the Ministry of Health to provide free basic and reproductive healthcare for the local community and displaced people and respond to emergencies. Teams worked in the main maternal and paediatric health centre in Diffa town, the district hospital in Nguigmi town and in several health centres throughout the districts of Diffa, Nguigmi and Bosso. After attacks by Boko Haram on 3 June in Bosso, MSF started to run mobile clinics in Diffa town to respond to the needs of the newly displaced. Teams also provided medical and humanitarian assistance at the Gari Wanzam site and in Kintchandi, where tens of thousands of people sought refuge after the attacks.

MSF teams carried out more than 317,000 consultations, assisted over 3,810 deliveries and treated around 24,500 malaria patients in Diffa this year.

Tahoua region

MSF continued to work at Madaoua district hospital, running the inpatient therapeutic feeding centre (ITFC) and the paediatric and neonatal wards. The hospital has a capacity of 350 beds during the ‘hunger gap’, when there is a peak in malnutrition and malaria cases. In 2016, MSF also started supporting the hospital’s maternity ward to reduce newborn mortality. In addition, MSF staff worked in several health centres in the district and continued to implement the comprehensive preventive and curative care programme (known by its French acronym PPCSI), which fully monitors all children under the age of two, in Tama.

In Bouza, MSF managed the paediatric ward and the ITFC in the district hospital until the end of April, when the project was handed over to the Ministry of Health.

Read more about MSF's activities in Niger in 2016

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1985.

2016 Key figures
patients treated for malaria 129,400
patients treated in feeding centres   69,100
routine vaccinations  28,300


No. staff in 2016 2,087
2016 Expenditure €26.4 million


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