Health and economic development in Niger have been slow and difficult. The country consistently ranks at or near the bottom of the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index, and more than half of children under the age of five are chronically undernourished. Food insecurity and infectious disease have led to some of the highest mortality and malnourishment rates in the world. Niger also has the world's highest fertility rate. Rapid population growth threatens to further overwhelm the country's health systems and its most vulnerable communities.

IntraHealth is working alongside government officials, civil society, youth advocates, and other local partners to build a foundation of change.

Specifically, we're focused on helping the health sector:

  • achieve its national goals to increase modern contraceptive prevalance 
  • stop preventable maternal and child deaths
  • improve maternal nutrition and feeding practices for infants and young children
  • ensure the health, nutrition, and well-being of mothers, newborns, and infants.

Together, with our partners, we're helping health officials integrate high-impact interventions, building the capacity of youth and civil society reproductive health advocates, and mobilizing resources for high-quality, integrated family planning, nutrition, and essential newborn care services. 

Selected Achievements

Helped the nine countries of the Ouagadougou Partnership to prevent 100,000 unintended pregnancies, 32,000 unsafe abortions, and 400 maternal deaths in francophone West Africa by bringing modern contraceptives to over 383,000 new users in 2017.
Established coalitions of civil society organization in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Senegal to participate in the guidance and management of national family planning activities.
Created youth ambassador programs in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Senegal to train and mentor youth advocates for family planning.