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Niger to improve women’s and girls’ access to nutrition and health services

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Niger to improve women’s and girls’ access to nutrition and health services

The project aligns with Niger’s investment case, supported by the GFF, to accelerate health and nutrition outcomes for women, children and adolescents

WASHINGTON DC, United States of America, September 24, 2021 / APO Group / –

The Nigerien government will be able to offer its population better health coverage with funding approved today by the World Bank. This 15-year phased program will use innovative and comprehensive nutrition and health interventions to improve the efficiency, equity and sustainability of the health system, as well as to strengthen the empowerment of girls and women.

Niger’s health system faces immense challenges. Despite progress in recent years, the country has a high under-five mortality rate of 77 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2020 and stunting continues to have devastating effects on the long-term development of the country. human capital of Niger. The lack of qualified health professionals, especially doctors, nurses and medical assistants, has an impact on overall public health. In addition, over 75% of girls are married before the age of 18 and 30% get married before the age of 15.

“Improving health and nutrition outcomes, as well as empowering girls and women to accelerate the demographic transition, will require a long-term transformational commitment,” said Joelle Dehasse, National Director of the Bank. world for Niger. “The World Bank is firmly committed to building human capital and improving the lives of the poorest in a fragile context. Refugees and host communities, who use health services in targeted areas, will also benefit from these improved basic services.

The first phase of the MPA Niger project – Improving the access of women and girls to improved health and nutrition services (Lafia-Iyali) aims to increase the use of reproductive health and nutrition services, mother, newborn, child and adolescent and to improve behaviors known to improve health and nutrition outcomes, as well as the Girls and Women Agency in Zinder and Maradi. More specifically, the project will increase the coverage, use and quality of the integrated set of services, as well as the continuity of services to address under-five mortality, maternal mortality, and sexual and reproductive health. It will support demand for health and nutrition services to promote key behaviors for increased demand. About 6,500,000 people, including refugees, and internally displaced people will benefit from the project by 2026.

Total funding for the first phase of the project is $ 125 million. This includes a $ 25 million grant from the Global Financing Mechanism (GFF), a global partnership hosted by the World Bank that supports country-led efforts to prioritize investments in people’s health, nutrition and well-being. women, children and adolescents while strengthening resilient and inclusive health systems. The project aligns with Niger’s investment case, supported by the GFF, to accelerate health and nutrition outcomes for women, children and adolescents.

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