One in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. Some 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive. Nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.


What we’re doing

  • We’re helping to improve health systems in northern Nigeria to delivery maternal, newborn, and child health services
  • We’re working to revive routine immunisation in northern Nigeria
  • We’re helping children through support for protection and peace committees
  • We’re getting children back to school and providing them with clean water

Save the Children in Nigeria

We set up a small programme in 2001. We focused on getting children actively involved in influencing the decisions that affect their lives. There are an estimated 9.7 million children and young people under the age of 18 in our project areas.

We’re helping to restore healthcare services

In recent years, the Nigerian government has spent less on healthcare per person than almost any other government in Africa. The situation is worst in the rural north. Clinics are in bad repair, they lack even basic equipment and drugs and there aren’t enough qualified staff to work in them. In some districts fewer than 1% of children are immunised.

With funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Norwegian Government, we strengthen health systems and support maternal and child health in four northern states.

Much work needs to be done for Nigeria to deliver its promises on Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 (which aim to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health) before 2015. This films looks at what we're doing to make them a reality.

We’re protecting children from harm

It’s estimated that some 15 million children are working in agriculture, as domestic servants, hawkers, beggars or trafficked through the sex industry. Many of them are out of school and without access to basic health and social protection services.

We’ve set up and continue to support child protection and peace committees (CPPCs) in 36 communities, benefiting 4,320 children. The CPPCs target children whose lives are affected by HIV and AIDS, exploitation, extreme poverty, family violence and neglect, and discrimination. They liaise with local government agencies and others to improve basic services, and provide support for the most vulnerable children and families.

We’re getting children back into school

A staggering 11 million children are out of school (62% of them girls), including 4.7 million primary school age children.

We're directly targeting 7,200 children whose lives are blighted by a combination of HIV and AIDS, exploitation, discrimination and violent conflict. We've trained 120 children to be able to take a lead in giving information, to young out-of-school men and women, on life skills and sexual and reproductive health, including HIV and AIDS.

We’re getting 12,400 children back to school and providing them with clean water by repairing classrooms and constructing boreholes in nine communities, with funding from the Jersey Overseas Aid Committee. We provided school uniforms and supplies to a small number of children who had lost them when Bauchi was flooded last year.