Where We Work - Niger

Save the Children in Niger

In Niger, one in six children die before their fifth birthday, and the country’s child mortality rate is the 11th highest in the world. 66% of the country’s population live below the poverty line (US$1.25 a day).

Save the Children works in six districts in Niger with integrated programs of health, nutrition and protection, delivering lifesaving support for children in the greatest need.

Our Results in Niger

  • We kept 28,607 children safe from harm.
  • More than 894 children got the opportunity to learn.
  • In times of crisis, 26,490 children received emergency relief.
  • More than 156,576 children had a healthy start in life.
  • To help parents feed their children, 74,816 received support to start businesses, improve farming practices and invest in their children’s futures.
  • To fight malnutrition, nearly 455,515 received nutritious food and vital supplements.

Challenges for Children in Niger

  • One of the world's poorest countries, Niger, ranks highest in a new report by Save the Children which evaluates countries' progress in tackling preventable child deaths in an equitable and sustainable way.
  • While Niger's under-five child mortality rate remains high in comparison to many other countries, Niger is on track to achieve the fourth UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG 4) to reduce preventable under-five mortality rates by two-thirds in 2015. But what sets Niger apart from other countries that have reduced their under-five mortality rate by two-thirds is Niger is meeting a critical "triple bottom line"-reducing child mortality and doing it in an equitable and sustainable way. This means that Niger's progress has benefited children across all income groups, boys and girls equally, and in rural areas, as well as urban slums. Moreover, Niger's success has happened in spite of scarce resources and recurring droughts.

Child Survival

Through our support for 260 health centers, we are helping to provide access to free care for more than 500,000 children and 200,000 pregnant women. Our efforts, along with those of other charities and the government, have helped to reduce child mortality substantially, making Niger one of the few sub-Saharan African countries on track to achieve MDG 4.

Facts and Statistics

  • Population: 17,466,172
  • Child Death Rate: 113.5 in 1,000 live births
  • Life Expectancy: 54.7 years
  • Underweight Children: 37.9%
  • Human Development Rank: 187 out of 187 countries
  • Maternal Death Risk: 1 in 23 women3
  • Girls' Education: 5.4 years
  • Income per capita: 390 (USD)


Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report.You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programme 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

Last Updated December 2014

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