Public Health in Niger suffers from a chronic lack of resources and a small number of health providers relative to population. Some medicines are in short supply or unavailable. There are government hospitals in Niamey (with three main hospitals in Niamey, including the National Hospital of Niamey and the Hôpital National De Lamordé), Maradi, Tahoua, Zinder and other large cities, with smaller medical clinics in most towns. Medical facilities are limited in both supplies and staff, with a small government healthcare system supplemented by private, charitable, religious, and Non-government organizations operated clinics and public health programs (such as Galmi Hospital near Birnin Konni and Maradi).
Government hospitals, as well as public health programmes, fall under the control of the Nigerien Ministry of Health. A number of private for profit clinics (“Cabinets Médical Privé“) operate in Niamey and other cities.
The total expenditure on health per capita is well below what we would regard as an acceptable level and the number of doctors, nurses and ancillary staff needs to be increased substantially. That increase in staff should be accompanied by a sustained programme of modernizing existing health care facilities together with the addition of entirely new facilities to meet the needs of the growing population
Infant mortality Niger’s high infant mortality rate is comparable to levels recorded in neighbouring countries. However, the child mortality rate (deaths among children between the ages of 1 and 4) is exceptionally high (248 per 1,000) due to generally poor health conditions and inadequate nutrition for most of the country’s children. According to the organization Save the Children, Niger has the world’s highest infant mortality rate.Nonetheless, Niger has the highest fertility rate in the world (7.2 births per woman); this means that nearly half (49%) of the Nigerien population is under age 15. There were 3 physicians and 22 nurses per 100,000 persons in 2004 and the number of staff is still well below an acceptable norm.
Although we do not have up to date figures for 2011 we can be assured that the Health Care System requires an injection of substantial sustained investment if lives are to be saved and the Nigerien people can be assured of even a rudimentary constant level of medical care
CFG is looking for substantial foreign aid and investment which can be used to fund specific turn key health day care clinics to be located in both rural and urban communities to deal with the day to day medical conditions dealt with by the average UK doctors’ surgery.
Please contact Elizabeth Paris on [email protected] for further details