Salama’s story: the importance of well-equipped local health centres in Niger
If you want to support a charity, you might decide to donate some money. However, with so many worthy causes out there, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. One campaign that you may not know about is being run by Oxfam in Niger. If you want to find out more about this project and how your donations can help boost its efforts, read on.
Malnutrition in Niger
Malnutrition is an ongoing and widespread problem in Niger. It’s known that around 14 per cent of the population suffer from malnutrition, while 2.5 per cent have severe malnutrition. There are a host of factors that contribute to this problem, one of which is the recurrent food crisis. High levels of food insecurity in the country results in hunger and means that an increasing number of people are at risk of falling into poverty, especially those who rely on farming and agriculture to survive. Health problems in the country are compounded by the lack of reliable sources of water, as well as diseases such as dysentery, cholera and malaria. Not having enough food diversity and nutrition in their diet also affects people’s wellbeing.
Why your contribution is important
Fortunately, there are charities that are lending a helping hand and making efforts to improve the situation in Niger. For example, projects run by Oxfam are helping to fight the battle against malnutrition and poverty by installing sanitation and water facilities in communities and health centres. The charity is providing toilets, shower blocks, laundry areas, hand washing stations, water tanks and other facilities in a bid to promote hygiene and health. It’s also offering training sessions on hygiene and sanitation, creating radio broadcasts on health issues and teaching people how to cook nutritious food. If you donate to Oxfam regularly, you will be supporting these life-changing projects and helping families in Niger to build better futures. Just £1 a day can provide clean water for mothers and their children, while £16 can provide new baby care so more families can have access to doctors and midwives no matter where they live.
One person who has benefited from the Oxfam project is Salama, a mother who lives in Niger. Salama gave birth to her son, Hama, who soon began to suffer from fever, vomiting and diarrhoea and was later diagnosed with malnutrition. Hama was given treatment at a nearby clinic and is now much better. Before the Oxfam initiative, mothers like Salama had to go to neighbouring villages to get water and treatment for their babies.
Commenting on the positive impact the new health clinics have made, Salama said: “The availability of the clinic is a great thing for us. Before, we had to go to Agadez town. It was impossibly expensive to travel, then accommodation and food. But now this service is here, it’s much more doable.”
Stories like Salama’s drives home the importance of charity projects and how they have helped people lead happier, healthier lives. So if you’re looking for a worthwhile cause to donate to, you may want to consider contributing to campaigns that fight malnutrition and poverty in developing countries like Niger.