Nigeria
Nigeria
At a Glance
Field Partners 110 Reach 5M
Programs Implemented

Vitamin A, Albendazole, Prenatal Vitamins, Multivitamins

Quick Fact

Under-five mortality in Nigeria has declined by more than 30% in the last 15 years.

One of our fastest growing programs.

Compared to other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria’s child mortality rate for children under five is among the highest. To address this concerning fact, we've increased our presence there over the past few years--currently, our program is 22 times larger than it was only three years ago!

Malnutrition and poverty are prevalent in Nigeria, despite its growth.

As UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children Report reveals, our work in Nigeria comes not a moment too soon. According to the report:

  • The child mortality rate in Nigeria for children under five was 117 per 1,000 in 2013
  • The country ranks #9 in under-five mortality
  • Only 70% of the population received vitamin A supplementation in 2013

The 2013 Demographic & Health Survey discloses more concerning information as well:

  • 37% of children under five are stunted (as a result of chronic malnutrition)
  • 18% of children are wasted (as a result of from acute malnutrition)
  • 29% are underweight
  • Only 10% of children age 6-23 months are fed appropriately based on recommended infant and young child feeding practices

The benefits of reduced malnutrition extend beyond one’s health: if more of Nigeria’s citizens are healthier, they’ll be better posed to address and eventually eradicate the cycles of poverty and hunger.

We believe in the power of vitamins to help Nigeria’s women and children enjoy longer and more fulfilling lives. Vitamin A supplements work to fight of life-threatening illnesses for children who don’t have access to foods with vitamin A, and multivitamins and prenatal vitamins help give children a healthy start to life.

Reaching children in Nigeria

Vitamin Angels delivers vitamin A to young children 6-59 months of age, who are without easy access to government sponsored, facility and community-based health services.

Vitamin Angels grants vitamins (micronutrients) to varied nonprofits, including local charities, general hospitals, and a range of community-based organizations. Nonprofits are supported with a wide variety of educational materials, resources, and trainings to ensure the distribution of our vitamins is done in accordance with proven methods consistent with accepted best practices.

 

Do you know a nonprofit in Nigeria that helps children and mothers?

If you are a current partner or you are a part of an organization that works in Nigeria and would like to know what grants of vitamin A and other micronutrients are available, please visit our field partner resources page


Publications

The following are academic publications that support our work in Nigeria.

2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey PDF

State of the Worlds Children Data 2015 PDF

Multiple-micronutrient supplementation for women during pregnancy (Review) PDF

Priority Countries for Vitamin A Supplementation with Under 5 Mortality Rates and Worm Prevalence PDF

Micronutrient Supplements for Child Survival (Vitamin A and Zinc) PDF
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