With familial roots in farming, it is perhaps not surprising that El Hadji Issakha Diop became a nutritionist.
“As my father raised sheep and cattle, my mother raised vegetables. I was lucky,” he says, telling me about fruits he used to pick.
“I think this has been a great influence to me getting into nutrition.”
Diop’s early studies were in science, and after he completed his Master’s, he was supposed to be a teacher. But for the first time a graduate studies program in nutrition was launched in Senegal—and his family encouraged him to continue his studies.
Nipa Chakma, a day laborer, was living in poverty. Sometimes she secured seasonal work in the paddy field or collecting firewood, but such inconsistent work made everything uncertain.
With the crisis entering its ninth year and showing no signs of abating despite recent efforts, 10.7 million people continue to be in urgent need of life-saving assistance across north-east Nigeria, far-north Cameroon, Western Chad and south-east Niger. Nearly 2.4 million people are displaced with fresh waves of violence and human rights abuses resulting in thousands arriving into congested sites on a weekly basis.
The first time Fatie Sore sowed the seeds of a plant called African nightshade, her curiosity about the vegetable was tinged with apprehension. She had never grown it before — in fact, she had never even heard of it before HKI provided her with its seeds.
The undersigned INGOs welcome the organization of the first regional conference on stabilization for the Lake Chad Basin and the involvement of all present actors to find long-term solutions to the current humanitarian, security, political and socioeconomic crisis in the region.
Les ONGI signataires de cette déclaration accueillent avec enthousiasme l’organisation de la première conférence régionale sur la stabilisation dans le Bassin du Lac Tchad et l’implication de tous les acteurs présents pour trouver des solutions de long-terme à la crise sécuritaire, humanitaire, politique et socio-économique que traverse la région.
Mr. Amadou Tanimoune is a 45-year-old farmer living in Badifa, Niger, a village of 1,550 people located east of the capital of Niamey. Badifa’s population is primarily from the Arawa Hausa ethnic group, and most make their living by farming and raising livestock.
Tanimoune and his wife, Ahi, aged 33, have five children. Women like Ahi face many challenges in ensuring the health and well-being of their families. Food insecurity is common, making efforts to keep children properly nourished a daily struggle.
ATLANTA... Les efforts visant à éliminer le trachome aveuglant en tant que problème de santé publique dans les pays ouest-africains du Mali et du Niger recevront un soutien supplémentaire de 11,725 millions de dollars US de la Conrad N. Hilton Foundation qui sera mis en œuvre par The Carter Center, Helen Keller International, et Sightsavers, ont annoncé mercredi ces organismes.
ATLANTA ... Efforts to eliminate blinding trachoma as a public health problem in the West African nations of Mali and Niger will receive US$11.725 million in additional support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, to be implemented by The Carter Center, Helen Keller International, and Sightsavers, the organizations announced Wednesday.
24 September 2016. Since February 2015, conflict and insecurity have spread from northeastern Nigeria to Cameroon, Niger, and Chad, affecting a total of nearly 21 million people in what is called the Lake Chad Basin. Across the four countries, at least 2.6 million have been displaced, and most of them are hosted by local communities who are themselves vulnerable. The spreading conflict has resulted in violence against civilians, displacement, and a worsening food security and nutrition crisis for millions of people.
More than 100 humanitarian agencies call for immediate and sustained access in Syria.
As the parties to the conflict in Syria resume talks to end a war that now enters its sixth horrific year, there is renewed hope for peace. For an end to the suffering of millions of the innocent.
Key recommendations from INGOs working in Sierra Leone ahead of the High Level Conference on Ebola – March 3rd - Brussels
More than 30 international development organizations, including CRS, have released a joint statement supporting the Global Food Security Act of 2013, which will be introduced in Congress by Representatives Betty McCollum (MN-4), Aaron Schock (IL-18) and James McGovern (MA-2).
NEW YORK, June 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --The Canadian Government signed a CDN$29 million (US$29.2 million) grant today with Helen Keller International (HKI) to drive further reductions in child mortality in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The three-year grant is evidence of Canada's commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goal for child survival and continues their consistent investments that have positioned vitamin A supplementation as a central pillar of child survival programming.
NEW YORK, June 8, 2013 - The Canadian government announced the signing of a CDN$15 million (US$14.75 million) grant today with Helen Keller International (HKI) to scale up its flagship Enhanced Homestead Food Production program in four countries in Africa south of the Sahara. This will build on HKI's partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to ensure cutting-edge impact evaluation and operations research.
ACF International, Save the Children, Helen Keller International, International Medical Corps, Valid International, Concern and the International Center for Research on Women call on the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, to support further involvement of WHO in the preparation of the International Conference on Nutrition +21. Twenty one year after the first major international event on nutrition, this event should be considered as a unique opportunity to reaffirm the critical role of the health sector in the fight against undernutrition.
November 29, 2011, Bo, Sierra Leone – Helen Keller International (HKI), Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) and other distinguished partners launched the biannual Maternal and Child Health Week (MCHW), locally called “Mami en Pekin Welbodi Week,” in Bo on November 24 th . The MoHS has institutionalized these health weeks to promote high-impact and cost-effective maternal and child survival interventions. Since their inception, the MCHWs have been effective in reaching over 80% of the target population.
Dakar, 21st July 2011, António Manuel Mascarenhas Gomes Monteiro aims to help combat childhood malnutrition in West Africa through his new role as Nutrition Advocate. The former President of Cape Verde will advocate directly with leaders of West African nations to encourage them to place nutrition at the heart of development strategies and advise on approaches to secure policy focus.
Each year around 600 000 children under five in the region die from causes related to malnutrition, as the condition contributes to 35 per cent of all the child deaths in the region.