Effective synergy between the Government and partners
At the on-set of the crisis, an inter-Ministerial pandemic control committee was set-up under the auspices of the Prime Minister/Head of Government. Decentralized sub-committees were also established at national and regional levels to enhance strategic decision making and response. The Government and the humanitarian community are working together to ensure integrated coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as humanitarian response to pre-existing critical needs faced by people affected by the crisis in Niger.
In a bid to provide effective support to the Government, the Humanitarian Country Team has set-up an ad hoc strategic committee comprising representatives of the United Nations, international NGOs and donors. This is to ensure coordination between national authorities and the humanitarian community.
In order to address increasing needs as a result of the pandemic, an operational task force led by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has urged clusters to alter high impact interventions and their implementation through the use of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to best reach populations affected. Humanitarian activities and response were prioritized and adapted to align with priorities stipulated in the Niger government’s COVID-19 preparedness and response plan. In the fight against the disease, the government is focused on preparedness, prevention, testing and treatment.