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Since August 2010, Save the Children has been responding to the increasing risk to child health and survival caused by the severe and growing food crisis in Diffa Region, Niger. Niger is already food insecure with high rates of malnutrition among children. Without appropriate action, the nutritional status of children under five years of age is poised to get worse.

Save the Children is working to implement a Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTC) approach, which includes the following core activities:

  • Technical and training support to 60 Ministry of Health-run health posts in N’Guigmi and Maine Soroa districts.
  • Support to health post infrastructure.
  • Providing supplementary feeding to 2,200 moderately malnourished children and 1,000 pregnant and lactating women.
  • Providing outpatient therapeutic care for 1,000 severely malnourished children.
  • Referral of children with severe acute malnutrition and medical complications to Stabilization Centre.

Through this approach, Save the Children has helped reduce rates of malnutrition in these districts.

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