Fighting maternal and infant mortality

Boost the capacity to fight against the causes of maternal and neonatal mortality in Niger and Guinea

During delivery, you don’t want the sun to rise twice during labor; otherwise the mother will never see it again.

Hadjia Dige Rabo, 70, midwife in Sabon Kafi

Location of Project
  • Niger, Zinder Region, Tanout Health District
  • Guinea, Kankan Region, Health District of Kankan
Name of Association (in French)
Les Enfants de l’Aïr (in French) / Projet de lutte contre la mortalité maternelle (in French)
Project Partners
(financial and operational)
  • Directorate of Social, Maternal and Child Welfare at the Ministry of Health
  • Regional Directorate Health Zinder
  • Tanout Health District
  • Kankan Regional Directorate of Health
  • Kankan Regional Hospital
  • Tanout District Hospital
  • National Hospital of Zinder
  • Tanout Municipality
  • NGO Agaj-Assistance
  • NGO Kosimankan
  • UNICEF Niger
  • NGO Fassodemin
  • NGO Chirurgie Solidaire

Program description

The Les Enfants de l’Aïr association operates in two areas in Niger and Guinea, where the health situation is precarious:

  • Tanout District: 648 maternal deaths per 100,000 births in 2008
    • Neonatal mortality rate: 33 per 1,000 live births in 2008
  • Kankan District: 938 maternal deaths per 100,000 births in 2010
    • Neonatal mortality rate: 48 per 1,000 live births in 2010
    • Shortage of adequately trained caregivers.
    • Limited access to primary care in health facilities of reference.

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation is supporting the NGO Les Enfants de l’Aïr to provide basic healthcare and medical outreach to the neediest communities:

  • in Tanout, a town in the Zinder region, one of the most populated region of the country.
  • in Kankan, in Upper Guinea.

This program aims to boost the capacity to fight against the causes of maternal and neonatal mortality at each reference level of the care pyramid.

The focus will be on improving the technical capacity of caregivers as well as the quality of care at community level so that maternal and newborn health is better managed.

This project forms part of the national health development plan and is based on:

  • training for health workers: physicians, midwives and nurses who educate women during their pregnancy
  • the provision of materials necessary to improve performance in technical care centers
  • educating pregnant women to identify danger signs during childbirth
  • raise awareness in civil society and among the general public concerning maternal and newborn health.

In 2011, 26,600 pregnant women were educated and monitored by the association.