Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs
- Following the confirmation of the first positive case of COVID-19 in Niger, UNICEF has been working closely with the Government and its partners to step up the response and prevent further proliferation of the COVID-19 virus in the country, already facing the consequences of multiple crisis (nutrition, conflicts, natural disasters).
- The epicentre of the outbreak is still Niamey, followed by Zinder region; Diffa and Agadez regions reported their first cases. 143 health workers are also affected, represented more than 19% of total confirmed cases, with a negative impact on treatment capacities.
- According with its response plan, UNICEF continues to support the Government, and particularly the Ministry of Health (MoH), in the field of risk communication/community engagement (RCCE), infection prevention and control (IPC), supply and logistics, epidemiological surveillance and healthcare provision.
- Moreover, the Country Office is closely working with the Ministry of Education to ensure continuity of education to children during the school closure period and with Child Protection actors to ensure that the needs of children on the move are met. UNICEF is co-leading 3 of the 8 sub-committees established by the MoH (RCCE, IPC and logistics) and is an active member of the others. UNICEF is also participating to the UN pandemic coordination system.
- Regional response plans and coordination platforms were developed by the government: these decentralising efforts can help to speed up and reinforce the response.