Tackling malnutrition

In northeast Nigeria, it’s a race against time to reach and treat children with severe acute malnutrition.

UNICEF Nigeria
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UNICEF Nigeria/2018/Naftalin

24 May 2018

A doctor examined 9-month old Mohammed, by weighing him and measuring his upper arm circumference. The doctor picked up immediately that Mohammed was suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

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UNICEF Nigeria/2018/Naftalin
Severe acute malnutrition is a deadly condition. Children with it are twelve times more likely to die.
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UNICEF Nigeria/2017/Sokhin
Little Mohammed is one of the more than 440,000 children in northeast Nigeria suffering from the condition.
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UNICEF Nigeria/2017/Sokhin
Detecting the condition early on can have a powerful impact on children’s survival. Well-nourished children are healthier, stronger, more resilient and able to resist diseases.
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UNICEF Nigeria/2017/Sokhin
In northeast Nigeria, it’s a race against time to reach and treat children with severe acute malnutrition. By enrolling children to an eight-week course of community-based care, thousands of lives can be saved.
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UNICEF Nigeria/2017/Sokhin
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UNICEF Nigeria/2017/Sokhin
With funding from the Italian Government, UNICEF and partners have been able to make sure families in northeast Nigeria can access free nutrition screening, counselling, and treatment for malnourished children.

During the past year, close to than 7,000 children with severe acute malnutrition were admitted to nutrition treatment sites. 95 % of these children recovered.