What is healthcare in Niger like?

Facilities and Health Information:

Health facilities are extremely limited in Niamey, and completely inadequate outside the capital. Although physicians are generally well trained, almost all hospitals in Niamey suffer from inadequate facilities, antiquated equipment, and shortages of supplies, particularly medicines. Emergency assistance is also extremely limited. Travelers must carry their own properly labeled supply of prescription drugs and preventative medicines.

Malaria is prevalent in Niger. Plasmodium falciparum malaria, the serious and sometimes fatal strain found in Niger, is resistant to the anti-malarial drug chloroquine. Because travelers to Niger are at high risk for contracting malaria, the CDC advises that travelers should take one of the following anti-malarial drugs: mefloquine (Lariam™), doxycycline, or atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone™). The CDC has determined that a traveler who is on an appropriate anti-malarial drug has a greatly reduced chance of contracting the disease. Other personal protective measures, such as the use of insect repellents, also help to reduce malaria risk. Travelers who become ill with a fever or flu-like illness while traveling in a malaria-risk area, and up to one year after returning home, should seek prompt medical attention and tell the physician their travel history and what anti-malarial drugs they have been taking.

Don’t drink tap water. It is unsafe to drink throughout Niger. Bottled water and beverages are safe, although visitors should be aware that many restaurants and hotels serve tap water. Ice made from tap water is also unsafe to consume.

Drinking Water Source - % of rural population improved"

42.1%

Drinking Water Source - % of total population unimproved:

47.7%

Drinking Water Source - % of urban population improved:

98.7%

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:

0.8%

Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population:

.31

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

61,000

Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population:

.02

Diseases - note:

highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza has been identified in this country; it poses a negligible risk with extremely rare cases possible among US citizens who have close contact with birds

Sanitation Facility Access - % of total population unimproved:

91%

Sanitation Facility Access - % of urban population improved:

32.9%

Sanitation Facitlity Access - % of rural population improved:

3.8%

Infectious Diseases - degree of risk:

very high

Animal Contact Disease (s):

rabies

Food or Waterborne Disease (s):

bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever

Respiratory disease (s):

meningococcal meningitis

Vectorborne Disease (s):

malaria and dengue fever

Water contact disease (s):

schistosomiasis

Disability Access In Niger

Accessibility:

While in Niger, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what you find in the United States. Nigerien law mandates that the state provide for persons with physical and mental disabilities, but there are no specific regulations mandating accessibility to buildings, transportation, and communication for those with special needs. There is extremely limited accessibility to public transportation, road crossings, taxis, restaurants, cafes, bars, and other tourist spots. Most buildings, transportion, and educational facilities do not provide for people with special needs and, because most streets are unpaved, individuals in wheelchairs or who have difficulty walking face challenges.

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