Niger news releases and feature stories
20 September 2005
Seeking to avert a second wave of deaths among Niger’s undernourished children, the World Health Organization (WHO) is dispatching 100 000 antimalarial treatments to the west African country, where peak malaria season has begun in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.
8 August 2005
A locust infestation in 2004 coupled with drought the same year and in 2005 has caused a severe food crisis in Niger. Based on a joint assessment conducted in March of this year, the Government, United Nations agencies and partner NGOs estimate that 3.6 million people have been affected. Approximately 2.5 million people are extremely vulnerable and require food assistance. An estimated 160 000 children in Niger are moderately malnourished and an additional 32 000 children are severely malnourished.
21 June 2005
Global health organizations recognize Rotary International’s unprecedented role in the fight to end polio worldwide
GENEVA/NEW YORK/ATLANTA - On the occasion of Rotary International’s 100th anniversary, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative today paid tribute to the humanitarian service organization’s commitment to ending polio worldwide.
25 February 2005
DAKAR/HARARE/GENEVA/EVANSTON - A mass polio immunization drive starting today across Africa gained greater urgency from reports that a child has contracted polio in Ethiopia, the first case there in four years.
8 October 2004
One million polio vaccinators, 80 million children, 23 countries: Africa launches largest ever immunization campaign
GENEVA - More than one million polio vaccinators in 23 African countries today embark on a massive immunization campaign, aiming to immunize 80 million children across sub-Saharan Africa against polio over just four days. This effort is a direct response to an ongoing polio epidemic in the region, which risks paralysing thousands of children for life.
24 August 2004
GENEVA - The ongoing polio outbreak which originated in northern Nigeria continues to infect new countries, underscoring the threat of a major epidemic across west and central Africa. Epidemiologists from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative today confirmed the re-infection of Guinea and Mali, as well as three new cases in the Darfur region of the Sudan.
17 May 2005
Asian and North African countries close to ending polio, announce accelerated plans to "mop-up" new cases
GENEVA - Asian and North African countries could be polio-free within months, while west and central African countries must change track to stop the virus, according to data presented in Geneva today by Health Ministers from the world's six remaining polio-endemic countries. The ministers announced a two-pronged strategy to further accelerate eradication activities in both areas.
20 February 2004
GENEVA - One month after an emergency meeting of Health Ministers committed to end polio transmission in 2004, African countries are responding with a massive, synchronized polio immunization campaign, aiming to vaccinate 63 million children over the next few days.
15 January 2004
Polio should be relegated to the history books within the next twelve months, Ministers of Health and representatives from the six remaining polio-endemic countries declared today at a high-level meeting in Geneva. The Ministers unveiled a bold new plan to immunize 250 million children multiple times during a series of massive polio immunization campaigns in 2004.
22 October 2005
Mass immunization campaign launched to protect 15 million children from polio, as outbreak in Nigeria spreads across West Africa
A new polio outbreak spreading from Nigeria to neighbouring countries is putting 15 million children at risk, requiring a massive immunization campaign across five countries in west and central Africa. Beginning today, hundreds of thousands of volunteers and health workers in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Togo will aim to reach every child in those countries with polio vaccine in just three days.
20 October 2005
Global Polio Eradication Initiative welcomes the Organization of the Islamic Conference decision to step up effort to eradicate polio
The spearheading partners in the global fight to eradicate polio – World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – today welcomed a landmark resolution by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to wipe out polio from remaining polio-infected OIC countries.
16 April 2002
Polio pushed to lowest levels in history - But experts warn opportunity to stamp out disease must be grasped now due to unstable global situation
With only 537 polio cases reported globally in 2001, efforts to eradicate the disease have driven the incidence of polio to its lowest point in history. However the expert panel overseeing the initiative warns that given the current prevalence of conflict, the last vestiges of polio must be extinguished now, as any delay will jeopardize the success of the entire effort.