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|COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION|
French (official), Hausa, Djerma
|Currency:||Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF); note - responsible authority is the Central Bank of the West African States (BCEAO)|
Muslim 80%, other (includes indigenous beliefs and Christian) 20%
|National Holidays:||Republic Day, 18 December (1958)|
Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking last on the United Nations Development Fund index of human development.
Nigerien Armed Forces (Forces Armees Nigeriennes, FAN): Army, Niger Air Force
The US Embassy is located on Rue des Ambassades, mailing address BP 11201, tel (227) 20-72-26-61 through 64, and fax (227) 20-73-31-67 or 20-72-31-46. The Embassy’s after-hours emergency number is (227) 20-72-31-41. Embassy’s Internet address is http://niamey.usembassy.gov.
A passport, visa, and proof of yellow fever inoculation are required. Travelers from the United States should obtain a visa before arriving in Niger; failure to do so could result in being denied entry. Travelers should obtain the latest information on entry/exit requirements from the Embassy of the Republic of Niger, 2204 R Street NW, Washington DC 20008; telephone: (202) 483-4224. Visit the Embassy of Niger website for the most current visa information.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.
Airports: 28, Airports w/paved runways: 9
Niamey – Diori Hamani International Airport (NIM/DRRN)
|Risks and Precautions:||
The United States Department of State issued a Travel Alert for Niger for August 4, 2009 through August 31, 2009. This information is available online at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_4546.html.
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger immediately before and after the constitutional referendum on August 4, 2009, and recommends against all non-emergency travel to Niger at this time. This Travel Alert expires on August 31, 2009.
If approved, the new constitution would extend President Mamadou Tandja’s current term in office by three years and allow unlimited five-year presidential terms. Demonstrations for and against the referendum have primarily been peaceful. However, on July 15, 2009, security forces in Niamey used tear gas and batons to disrupt a women’s rally in support of the dissolved Constitutional Court. Also, on June 1, 2009, a violent clash occurred outside of Niamey between groups demonstrating for and against the referendum.
In light of the volatile political environment, the U.S. Embassy in Niamey has temporarily deferred the travel of U.S. Government visitors to Niger. U.S. citizens are urged to defer their travel to Niger as well.
The State Department wishes to remind Americans that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and quickly escalate into violence. As a result, U.S. citizens are urged to avoid demonstrations and to exercise extreme caution within the vicinity of any large public gathering. U.S. citizens in Niger should also stock up on food, water, and other basic necessities due to possible disruptions in the delivery of goods and services.
The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to take responsibility for their own personal safety and security. American citizens should keep abreast of local events, monitor local news sources, and maintain heightened situational awareness at all times.
US citizens are advised to avoid street demonstrations and maintain security awareness at all times. In early 2007, demonstrators smashed the windshield of a vehicle belonging to an American citizen who inadvertently drove into a demonstration.
Infant MR total: 116.83 deaths/1,000 live births
Required: Yellow Fever
Recommended: Malaria, Hep A & B, Typhoid, Meningococcal, Rabies, Polio, Boosters: MMR, DPT, as needed
|Infectious Disease Concerns:||
Malaria risk area in Niger: All
Dengue, filariasis, leishmaniasis, and onchocerciasis (river blindness) are other diseases carried by insects that also occur in West Africa. African trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness) has increased in Africa (it is epidemic in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Sudan; and highly endemic in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mozambique, Uganda, and Tanzania; low levels are found in most of the other countries), and an increase in travelers has been noted since 2000. Most had exposures in Tanzania and Kenya, reflecting common tourist routes. Protecting yourself against insect bites will help to prevent these diseases.
Schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection, can be contracted in fresh water in this region.
Polio outbreaks were reported in several previously polio-free countries in Central, Eastern, and Western Africa beginning in 2003. Polio is still endemic in Nigeria.
|Overall Quality of Medical Services:||
Health facilities are extremely limited in Niamey and urban centers, and completely inadequate outside the capital. Although physicians are generally well trained, even the best hospitals in Niamey suffer from inadequate facilities, antiquated equipment and shortages of supplies (particularly medicine). Emergency assistance is limited.
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|Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:||
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) has been found in poultry populations in several countries in Africa. Avoid all direct contact with birds, including domestic poultry (such as chickens and ducks) and wild birds, and avoid places such as poultry farms and bird markets where live birds are raised or kept. For a current list of countries reporting outbreaks of H5N1 among poultry and/or wild birds, view updates from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and for total numbers of confirmed human cases of H5N1 virus by country see the World Health Organization (WHO) Avian Influenza website.
Country Code: +227