Project information

Feeding the sick children of Niger

Children come to the CURE Niger children’s hospital to receive life-changing healing from disability. Many children arrive at our doors severely malnourished and need to be fed to attain a weight that is healthy enough for surgery, as well as fed following their operation to ensure recovery.

July 2013 - July 2014

Charity information: CURE UK

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  • Need


    In Niger, there are thousands of children with disabilities that could be cured through an operation. However, when children arrive at the CURE hospital, they are often very malnourished and are unfit for surgery. If the children can achieve a healthy weight to sustain an operation, they can then go on to go to school and escape a life of poverty. In resource-poor countries less than 10% of disabled children attend school and, in Africa, the disabled have a nearly 80% unemployment rate.


    We aim to feed 1000 children so that they can attain the health and weight to sustain an operation and aid recovery. We provide three nutritious meals a day for our patients until they are fit for surgery and then during their week long stay in hospital. We also provide a meal for the child’s carer who stays with them in hospital and will give them both food during their follow-up appointments.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure 1000 children reach a healthy weight in order to undergo a life-changing operation.


    » We will provide three full, nutritious meals a day to 1000 children so that they can reach a healthy weight before surgery

    What success will look like

    Success will be... When we can carry out and achieve 1000 successful operations, we know that we have met our goal of feeding the children and healing them from disability.

    Aim 2

    To ensure all 1000 children receive nutritious food to aid recovery.


    » We will provide our patients with three balanced meals a day during their week long stay in hospital, following their operation.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... When we see 1000 children recovering well during each follow-up appointment, we will know that we have met our aim in feeding them nutritiously, to aid recovery.

    Aim 3

    To feed 1000 children at their follow-up appointments as it is often a long journey to the hospital.


    » We will give each child and their carer a nutritious meal during all their follow-up appointments.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... When we see 1000 healthy, healed children returning home after visiting out hospital, each time well fed.

    Aim 4

    To feed 1000 carers accompanying the child to hospital.


    » We will ensure each carer is well fed and looked after as they stay with their child in hospital.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... When we see each carer has been fed and cared for well, as they look after their child in hospital.

  • Impact


    By helping a child walk without crutches, repairing a smile or straightening a back, a life is changed. It is more than surgery. It is a gift that will continue to pay dividends the rest of that child’s life.

    We carefully monitor and log all of our patient’s progress. The medical and clinical standards are supervised by our International Medical Director, Professor Chris Lavy.


    Political unrest is always possible, especially in the developing world. However, in most cases, we continue to operate no matter what.

    Economic instability may also develop but, because we are part of the global network of CURE international, we can insure financial stability.


    Donors who support this project will receive detailed reports on the progress of our project in Niger, as well as the impact that their gift has had on the children.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,500 Food Food for 1000 children during a week long stay in hospital
      £4,000 Food Food for 1000 children and their carers during their follow-up appointments
      £10,500 Food Food for the carers if 1000 children during a week long stay in hospital
  • Background


    Niger is one of the poorest countries on earth and has the fifth highest rate of underweight children (UNICEF). In addition, the prevalence of disability far exceeds that of the westernised world. This is partly due to genetic factors, as well as poor health care which leads to higher incidence of neonatal infection, and the tendency to cook on open fires (resulting in many burns cases). The CURE Niger Hospital is in Niger’s capital, reaching children from across the country.


    This project will provide nourishment for 1000 children and their carers, during their week-long stay in hospital as well as on their follow-up appointments, as it can be a long journey to and from the hospital.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The CURE children’s hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that provides modern medical and surgical care free of charge to Niger’s children. These achievements, combined with the hospital’s world-class surgeons and capital-city location, mean that it attracts thousands of disabled children each year. Whilst these patients are in our care we provide them with three meals a day which, though common in the westernised world, is quite rare in developing world medical facilities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Leron Lehman

    Leron Lehman, Executive Director of CURE hospital in Niger, oversees a team of national doctors and nurses.

    Professor Chris Lavy OBE MD MCh FCS FRCS (Oxford)

    Chris Lavy, Chief Medical Director for CURE, heads up the medical team and supports the project team by monitoring their work and evaluating progress.