Our work to build healthy communities, families and individuals is at the heart of Mercy Corps' vision for social change. By partnering with a range of partners, from village health committees to government agencies, we help build the means to improve maternal, newborn and child health, ensure proper nutrition and combat infectious diseases.
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Niger: Q&A with Christy Collins
Christy Collins, who currently serves as Mercy Corps Niger's country director, has a long history with the country and people of Niger. She first came to Niger in 1975 as a Peace Corps volunteer, having just graduated from college with a degree in French.
Niger: Fati: Taking Action for Her Son
Niamey, Niger - Fati Issia seems alone in the crowd. In the midst of the boisterous waiting room at Niamey's Dar es Salaam neighborhood health clinic, she sits quietly while other mothers engage in conversation. She holds her seven-month-old son Moctar on her lap.
Niger: Boubacar: A Nurse's Helping Hands
Sanam, Niger - You can see the difficulty of life here in Boubacar Harouna's eyes. They are yellowed from chronic malaria and glassy from exhaustion. Still, Harouna somehow summons the energy to treat dozens of patients each day as the town's only nurse.
Niger: Three Wails
Shortly after midnight, a soft wailing cry broke through the sweltering Sahelian night.
Pakistan: Fighting Tuberculosis, Village by Village
Larkana, Sindh Province, Pakistan — It was the eyes that struck me most. Deep, dark, penetrating, yet not wanting to reveal too much. But they could not hide Mrs. Hussna's weariness from battling a debilitating disease.
Sudan: An Expanded Commitment to Darfur
As instability worsens in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, Mercy Corps has expanded its commitment to families in need.
Indonesia: Priceless Water
Tajikistan: Improving Health, Empowering Women
In a remote region of Tajikistan, a Mercy Corps program is chipping away at the mountain of silence that prevents women from leading healthier lives.
Nicaragua: Coffee sales spur better health
Yali, Nicaragua — The going rate to see a doctor or buy a month's supply of prescription medicine in this poor Central American nation is about $25.
Niger: Niger's Faces of Need
Niger in a time of crisis is not a place for the faint of heart.