Niger Children

About 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.

Facts About

More than 17 Million
live there

The average girl stays in
school only until she's 5

113 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $1 a day

Our Work

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. 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.

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 28,607
from harm

supported 26,490
in times of crisis

provided 156,576 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 74,816 families
feed their children

gave 455,515 children
vital nourishment

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 Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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