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.

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: 124 per 1,000
  • Infant Death Rate: 86 per 1,000
  • Life Expectancy: 54 years
  • Underweight Children: 39%
  • Human Development Rank: 187
  • Maternal Death Risk: 1 in 23
  • Girls' Education: 5 average years in school
  • Clean Water Access: 50%


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

Other sources as follows: Infant Mortality Rate: CIA World Factbook 2012; Life Expectancy at Birth: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; National Poverty Rate: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; Population: CIA World Factbook 2012; Human Development Index Rank: United Nations Development Program

Last Updated April 2014

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