Niger: Tens of thousands of people helped in Diffa region in 2016

03 February 2017
Niger: Tens of thousands of people helped in Diffa region in 2016
A patient undergoes surgery at Diffa Regional Hospital. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Mouhamadou B. Seck

In Niger's Diffa region, the ICRC works with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Luxembourg Red Cross and the Red Cross Society of Niger.

In 2016, we continued our efforts in this conflict-affected region to help displaced people and host communities alike. We treated patients with war wounds and supported local health-care facilities. We also distributed food, improved access to drinking water, helped reunite separated families and supported livestock and crop farmers. Our teams visited detainees and promoted international humanitarian law and universal humanitarian values

Highlights of our work in Niger's Diffa region:

223,650 displaced people and returnees received 14,000 tonnes of food (millet, rice, beans, sorghum, oil, salt and Super Cereal).
48,000 people (1,500 households) in communities hit by poor harvests were helped to bridge the hunger gap thanks to 50 tonnes of millet stockpiled in four grain banks.
 875 surgical procedures were carried out at Diffa Regional Hospital, where we have a surgical team (comprising an intensive care anaesthetist, a surgeon, and four nurses who sterilize instruments, provide operating theatre support and deliver post-operative care) working with and training hospital staff.
 193,000 people had better access to drinking water after we repaired 20 existing boreholes, installed 25 new boreholes, supplied 3 metering pumps, and built 4 stand-alone water points and 4 tap stands.
 1,650 malnourished detainees were treated with nutritional supplements and  3,300 detainees had better access to drinking water.

Niger - Diffa - Faits et Chiffres 2016