Niger is at the heart of several humanitarian crises (Lake Chad crisis, migrant crisis, Malian crisis) affecting the country already heavily impacted by structural issues. It is one of the poorest countries in the world.
The Tillabéri region is directly affected by the insecurity and the ongoing conflict in the “three borders” area with Mali and Burkina Faso. The security situation is shifting and volatile, and the Nigerien government has adopted strict security measures in the country.
The population is facing problems in accessing basic resources and services, particularly in terms of access to health care. The COVID-19 pandemic has also affected the living conditions of already vulnerable populations. In Niger, 3,7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
A regional strategy for the Central Sahel is also being developed by Première Urgence Internationale in conjunction with the Niger and Burkina Faso missions to strengthen our impact in this complex crisis.
Description of the mission
In the past, Première Urgence Internationale has worked twice in Niger, once in the 1990s in the Agadez region, and in the early 2010s in the malnutrition sector in Niamey.
At the end of 2017, faced with the changing cross-border context between Mali and Niger, the NGO decided to open a mission in Niger, coordinated since by the Mali mission in Bamako. This mission is part of a cross-border operation covering the “three borders” zone and bringing together Première Urgence Internationale projects in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. In 2019, the Niger mission became autonomous. The coordination is based in Niamey and supervises health projects implemented by the operational bases located in Ouallam and Torodi.
Premiere Urgence Internationale in action
In 2020, Première Urgence Internationale supervised two health projects in the Tillabéri region, and more specifically in the districts of Ouallam and Torodi.
Our actions in Niger are aimed at the immediate restoration of access to healthcare and the strengthening of monitoring and alert systems, particularly at the community level, while working towards a sustainable strengthening of health structures in the affected area. The NGO has set up a project to strengthen the health system by supporting the region’s health centers and deploying mobile clinics to facilitate access to care. In consortium with COOPI and Alima, Première Urgence Internationale is also participating in a project to meet primary and mental health needs through a rapid response mechanism.
Today, the Niger mission wishes to strengthen the activities already in place in health and to develop the nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), food security and protection components in the region.
A regional strategy focused on the Central Sahel is also being developed by Première Urgence Internationale in conjunction with the Mali and Burkina Faso missions to strengthen our impact in this complex crisis.
LAUNCHING A PRIMARY HEALTH CARE AID PROJECT IN NIGER
“This is the first step along a path we are taking together to improve access to basic social services for the people of Tillabéri in general, and in particular for the most vulnerable people.”These were the words that Soumaila Marsanda, Prefect for the department of Ouallam, used to start the workshop to launch Première Urgence Internationale’s new project in Niger. This workshop took place on 12th September 2019, in Ouallam in the Tillabéri region.