The Minister of Health, Population and Social Affairs of Niger, Dr Idi Illiassou Maassara, had an exchange meeting with a delegation of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Niger yesterday, Monday 9 May 2022. The purpose of this meeting is to present to the Minister in charge of Health the annual report on the activities of Doctors Without Borders in Niger for the year 2021. The Médecins Sans Frontières delegation took this opportunity to take stock of the activities and prospects for the coming years to meet the challenges facing this international organization in Niger. The delegation also took the opportunity to discuss the context in which their agents work in Niger.
“His Excellency, the Minister responsible for Health, has kindly received us to personally receive the 2021 annual report of our organization Doctors Without Borders in Niger (MSF), which has been working in this country since 1985. In 2021, we had intense activities in practically all regions of the country. But we also thanked him for the close cooperation we had with both the ministry and the services associated with it,” said Renée Madrolle, head of mission for one of the MSF departments in Niger. She welcomed the cooperation and support of the Minister (MSP-P-AS) to MSF in carrying out its activities for the benefit of the people of Niger. “In 2021, for example, we carried out about 600,000 medical consultations and 1.2 million children were vaccinated against measles and meningitis. We are active in all regions of Niger as far as our resources allow,” the mission chief said. According to her, MSF aims to cooperate with the Ministry of Health and the target groups, especially on all matters related to emergency aid, be it Covid-19 in 2020, the cholera epidemic, measles, etc.
In 2022, MSF plans numerous interventions to benefit the people of Niger
Looking ahead, Renée Madrolle announced that MSF plans several activities for 2022. “We plan to develop in 2022 the continuation, maintenance and preservation of the strong portfolio achieved last year. We also have a major pediatric and nutritional project that we will be developing in the south of Tahoua, Madaoua. But also in Maradi, in the Guidan Roumdji district, where MSF wants to respond as well as possible to nutrition. In addition, MSF opened a project in 2021 on the Torodi-Makalondi axis (Tillabéri region) that we want to renew and strengthen in 2022. At Téra level, we will also strengthen our interventions there, in Magaria in the Zinder region. Before 2022, because the President of the Republic has announced a major food and nutrition insecurity crisis, coupled with the poor agricultural campaign, we plan to mobilize and we are ready to have MSF on the side of the
health authorities to respond to all forms of emergencies, according to our capabilities,” she said. “It is in the DNA of MSF to do everything possible to continue to provide the population with the necessary care, especially in remote and inaccessible areas, when they are made even more vulnerable by the precarious situation in which they find themselves.” added the head of the mission of Doctors Without Borders.
According to the 2021 report, MSF conducted about 600,000 medical consultations; 333,348 cases of malaria treated; 43,191 children hospitalized in pediatrics; care for 58,378 children suffering from acute malnutrition; 513,166 people vaccinated against meningitis; 736,595 people vaccinated against measles; took care of 2,643 people against cholera and distributed 27,208 kits of non-food items. With a budget of over 22 billion FCFA, in 2021 MSF was able to recruit 1,668 employees (90% of whom are Nigerians), supported 2,113 MSP health workers and trained 776 agents. In addition, 4 billion FCFA was used for investments in medical inputs and 633 million FCFA enabled the construction and rehabilitation of medical structures.
Today, MSF is mainly present in the regions of Agadez, Diffa, Maradi, Tahoua, Tillabéri, Zinder and in the capital Niamey. In Niger, MSF is supporting the Ministry of Health to reduce infant mortality, improve the quality of child and maternal care, respond to epidemics and emergencies and increase vaccination coverage against diseases such as cholera, measles and meningitis. In addition, MSF helps victims of violence and displaced persons across the country.
Mahamadou Diallo (onep)