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Established in 2014, Niger is our newest country programme, and one that could have huge impact in a country that is projected to be the second most populous nation in West Africa by 2050.
Niger is facing daunting challenges as one of the poorest countries in the world. Having one of the highest maternal mortality rates and the highest fertility rate in the region, the fast growing population is increasingly young, with 50% being under the age of 15.
Within its population of 17.8 million people, the percentage of women using contraception is extremely low. Only 12.2% of women of reproductive age uses a modern method and figures for married women of reproductive age are even lower. Only 0.5% use long term or permanent methods, and condom use is close to non-existent.
The fast growing population of Niger is increasingly young, with 50% being under the age of 15.
At the request of the Nigerian Ministry of Health, we began assessment visits to Niger in 2013. From July 2014 we began delivering contraceptive services through mobile outreach teams and four Marie Stopes Ladies, allowing us to reach rural communities surrounding the city of Niamey.
Our first centre opened for services in July 2016 in Niamey, and we are looking to increase the capacity of Marie Stopes Niger to drive the success of our centre.
The government of Niger developed a National Action Plan for Family Planning in 2013 that sets ambitious goals of increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate in the country to 50% by 2020. Marie Stopes Niger is working closely with the government to achieve this goal, by working to increase demand and improving access to family planning services.
We aim to give more focus to our youth and advocacy activities, with Marie Stopes Niger working directly with young people and peer educators, and engaging existing youth centres to increase awareness, understanding and access to family planning information and contraception.
In 2016-2017, we plan to move our clinic and outreach services into the region of Maradi, which is one of the most densely populated areas of Niger. The area has a very weak health infrastructure and suffered heavily from the 2012 food crisis. We hope to reach people living in extreme poverty who would otherwise have no ability to plan their families and lives.