We have joined forces with the humanitarian association Mercy Corps to improve maternal healthcare in the Maradi region in Niger. An initiative that reinforces our efforts to ensure access to healthcare for all.
This aim of this year long partnership is to reduce chronic malnutrition among pregnant and breast-feeding women and children under five. The project will be rolled out in 15 villages across Niger.
The main goal is to reduce the level of malnutrition by 10% among pregnant women and women of childbearing age and to increase medical visits (in various centres around the country) by 20%. These initiatives aim to change behaviours and increase the attendance of pregnant women at pre- and post-natal consultations. In total, 16,000 women and children will benefit from the implemented actions.
Ali MacLeod, Head of Fund-raising and Marketing in Mercy Corps Europe believes that this association is very important: "We are delighted to announce our partnership with the Orange Foundation. It’s hard to believe that 60% of children under five in the Maradi region of Niger suffer from chronic malnutrition and the situation is still getting worse. Thanks to this partnership, we will be able to improve the lives of mothers and their children."
An approach that echoes that of Luc Héripret, Head of Patronage in Africa at the Foundation: "We are truly delighted to be working alongside Mercy Corps to reduce chronic malnutrition in mums-to-be in Maradi in Niger. The health of mothers and their infants living in precarious situations is a major challenge and one we have been involved in for several years in countries such as Cameroon, Mali and Madagascar."
While maternal and infant health is one of our top priorities, we also try to improve the socio-economic development of communities. Thanks to the Orange Villages Programme (access to water, a health centre and a school), we are acting in 10 countries including Niger, Tunisia and Côte d’Ivoire. Always with the same goal: to provide access to healthcare for all.