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EU UNICEF support fight againist chronic malnutrition in Niger

Published on: Mar 4, 2016

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  • 1. EUROPEAN UNION AND UNICEF SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST CHRONIC MALNUTRITION INNIGERNiamey (Niger), 6 May 2013 – On Monday, the European Union and UNICEF signed a financial agreement worth9.5 million euro (6.2 billion CFA Francs) to fight against child malnutrition in Niger.This four-year project will be part of the fast track initiative for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Niger(Initiative d’accélération des Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement au Niger, IAOMD). The project will beimplemented in partnership with the Ministry of Health and local communities in eight departments of Tahoua, Maradiand Zinder regions. It will target 801.000 children and 844.000 women of child-bearing age living in municipalities withhigh rates of chronic malnutrition.Poor nutrition is one of the most critical and unnecessary tragedy of our time. Children become victims of a viciouscircle where poverty, illness, inadequate nutrition and absence of drinkable water, sanitation and hygiene providethem with least opportunities for a good start in life. In Niger, chronic malnutrition affects nearly one in two childrenand represents a major challenge to national development considering the large vulnerable population.«The first 1.000 days, between conception and the age of 2, are the most critical period for children’s physical andmental growth, ” said Guido Cornale, Unicef Niger Representative,. “We must ensure that children are protected frommalnutrition so that they can realize their rights to survival and development and contribute to the growth of humancapital in the country. In this regard, the European Union is providing us with the means of action”.The European Union also recognizes the benefits of a multisectoral and integrated response to child needs and theimportance to expand it at its most. “Niger has recognized the problem and it is committed to fight against. We aredetermined to mobilize all mechanisms at our disposal to support the country in its effort to improve child nutrition andthus enhance the resilience of the population”, said Ambassador Hans-Peter Schadek, Chief of the EU’s Delegation toNiger. “These funding, which exceed our initial 10thEuropean Development Fund, showcases a tangible example”, theAmbassador added.The EU funding will focus on activities already experimented in Niger such as community mobilization and behaviorchange on maternal and infant nutrition; essential family practices, including birth spacing; nutrition education; marketgardening; sanitation, hygiene and strengthening of health services. It will also include the distribution ofmicronutrient supplementation and adequate food complements, improve access to water, and promote growth atcommunity level. Health services will be sustained and strengthened in order to provide quality pre-natal and post-natal care.For more information please contact: Anne Boher, UNICEF Niger. Tel.: +227 96962159;;Maïtourare Boulama, Délégation UE, Niger. Tel.: +227 20732773 ; Mahamadou-maitourare.boulama@ec.europa.euPRESS RELEASE

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