Douste-Blazy to deliver medicines to Niger

29th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

NIAMEY, July 28 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy is expected to deliver 1.7 tonnes of medicines to malnutrition-stricken Niger, a French diplomat said on Thursday.

NIAMEY, July 28 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy is expected to deliver 1.7 tonnes of medicines to malnutrition-stricken Niger, a French diplomat said on Thursday.

During his visit on Saturday Douste-Blazy will visit Tahoua, a northern desert region which has been most severely hit by the malnutrition.

He will hand over the medicines against malaria, diphtheria and other diseases, which in particular afflict children, on arrival at Niamey airport.

An estimated one in three of the country's 12 million people are threatened by severe malnutrition.

One of the world's least developed countries, Niger was doubly hit last year by drought and an invasion of desert locusts that was the worst in over a decade.

More than 200,000 tonnes of grains -- or one-third of the annual production -- were devoured or destroyed, depleting national food stocks and leaving the cash-strapped government with few resources to refill them.

Douste-Blazy will also meet officials to discuss ways of dealing with the famine and to assess Niger's needs.

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