CARE Country Office interview

Dr. Moussa Halidou: CARE International in Niger

What is your role in your CO?
I am the Food Security and Nutrition Program Manager, & Emergency Response Coordinator.

How did you become interested in emergency WASH issues?
As we know, drinking water, sanitation and hygiene play a vital role in maintaining livelihood, reducing poverty, and supporting economic and social development. Intervening in the field of WASH generates huge profits in other sectors (e.g. women's empowerment). The return on investment is much more than relevant; it can generate real value chain. WASH West Africa Advisor, Patrick Reymond, has been helping us in this area. Recently, I have been working on the PAMACEN project (Populations Affected by Malian Conflict Effects in Niger).

What were the outcomes of the PAMACEN project?
This project provides non-food commodities, drinking water and sanitation to 2,300 families in vulnerable local populations including returnees and refugees Malian Nigerians living in 22 villages in the department of Banibangou.

Purchasing power significantly improved for 2000 most vulnerable households that received direct cash transfer and better access to nutrition services and other basic services (water & sanitation)

More specifically:
  • Risks of waterborne diseases are greatly reduced for 2300 households in 22 villages Banibangou
  • 2,300 targeted households have benefited from non-food household kits for their daily life
  • 2,000 targeted households have better access to markets for their basic food needs
  • Access to community health and nutrition centers provide better services and better receptions for their patients.

What are some of the challenges your region faces in respect to emergency WASH?
Eradication of open defecation, improving the coverage of drinking water needs (in quantity, quality, accessibility), promoting best practices in hygiene and sanitation and working in partnership for a better impact on WASH.