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Nutritional supplements for Niger reduces child malnutrition

Food distribution in NigeriaIn a landlocked country that suffers from desertification and sporadic rainfall, approximately twenty percent of Nigeriens are at risk of chronic malnutrition and other dire health problems.

In 2008, Mercy Corps’ response to this "forgotten emergency" included the provision of materials and nutritional supplements for nutrition rehabilitation centers.

Over the course of the year, a 50% to 80% reduction in caseload of severely malnourished rural children was documented. The caseload of moderately malnourished children in rural areas has also decreased 40% to 50%.

Donations collected through The Hunger Site paid for the distribution of food supplies that reached 44,200 malnourished children with 287 metric tons of corn-soy blend, twenty-seven metric tons of vegetable oil, eighteen metric tons on sugar, thirty-two metric tons of rice, and five metric tons of beans.

In the last decade, GreaterGood.org and The GreaterGood Network has given more than $1 million to Mercy Corps.

Photo of food distribution in Niger provided by Mercy Corps.

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