Liberal MP Keith Martin -- a doctor by training -- was in Niger on a government fact-finding trip. Dr. Martin, accompanied by Minister for International Cooperation Aileen Carroll, made a special delivery of Canadian medicine to Maradi General Hospital, located in the epicentre of the famine in that country. "The hospital had a pitiful amount of stock in its pharmacy," said Dr. Martin. "[This package] provided lifesaving meds for some of the poorest people in the world." Drought and locust invasions have caused a famine in the West-African country, where 2.5 million people are considered extremely vulnerable, and thousands of children risk starvation, according to the World Health Organization. Now the weakened population is threatened by the spread of cholera brought on by the rainy season.