Mothers help tackle malnutrition in Timor-Leste
CAILACO, Timor-Leste, 5 January 2018 – In the tiny island nation of Timor-Leste, child malnutrition has become a critical public health problem. An estimated 50 per cent of children suffer from a form malnutrition called stunting – one of the highest rates in Asia. But most often, the problem isn’t lack of food – it’s lack of information.
How mothers and community leaders tackled malnutrition in Mali
KOURY, Mali, 19 December 2017 – In 2014, the district of Yorosso in southern Mali was approaching a crisis of malnutrition. Nearly 1 out of 3 children were chronically malnourished, and just under 1 per cent suffered from severe acute malnutrition – a condition which can be life-threatening to children.
Mothers fight malnutrition in Burkina Faso, one child at a time
YAKO, Burkina Faso, 8 November 2017 – In Yako, in Burkina Faso’s Northern Province, Awa slowly approaches the group of women, her twin toddlers draped one in front and one behind.
Mobile medical teams provide a lifeline for children in Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen, 16 October 2017 – “He is very weak and cannot even walk anymore. He’s lost so much weight.” Muhammad, 50, is desperate when he reaches the mobile medical team. He came on foot, carrying his feather-light son, Yahya, 4, in his arms. Muhammad has seen other children in his village die from malnutrition and he’s terrified the same fate awaits his son.
A champion for breastfeeding in Côte d'Ivoire
ABOBO, Côte D’Ivoire, 7 August 2017 – “My strategy is my smile. With a smile people listen, and feel loved,” says Madame Bah.
How promoting breastfeeding helped a village in Mali drastically reduce child stunting
YOROSSO, Mali, 31 July 2017 – "Show me how you breastfeed your child," says Aminata as she faces Batoma. A group of women look on, while sitting on a mat under the shade of a mango tree.
UNICEF Ethiopia and Somalia join forces to reach severely malnourished children with life-saving treatment
DOOLOW, Somalia, 30 June 2017 – Faisal Bule sits with his daughter, 18-month-old Dahran Faisal, at the nutrition centre in Doolow, a town in southern Somalia on the border with Ethiopia. Dahran is one of the newly admitted patients at the centre’s Outpatient Therapeutic Programme.
Fighting famine in Aweil, South Sudan, as acute malnutrition rates continue to rise
AWEIL, South Sudan, 22 June 2017 – More than a hundred South Sudanese women, dressed in colourful flowing dresses, sit with their children and new born babies. Some have walked days through the burning heat to get to the only health clinic in Aweil North County, Northern Bar el Ghazal State that borders Sudan.
In Kenya, severe drought threatens to leave 4 million food insecure
MOYALE, Kenya, 31 March 2017 – Dust mercilessly cuts its way through the air, meandering across the pathways of Badanrero Village, Kenya, located 100 km from the border town of Moyale near Ethiopia. The terrain is flat and desolate, with nothing but dried up shrubs for miles.
Fighting famine in a race against time
Famine is looming in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and beyond, as nearly 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year.
Amid conflict and food insecurity in Yemen, a young girl fights for her life
SANA'A, Yemen, 26 March 2017 – One-year-old Khawla Mohammed lies on the bed in Al-Sabeen Hospital in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a with a tube running through her nose. She is suffering from malnutrition and is also battling a chest infection which has affected her breathing.
Averting famine and saving lives in South Sudan
AWEIL STATE, South Sudan, 21 March 2017 – In South Sudan, an estimated one million people are on the brink of starvation. Iman Diing’s baby daughter Alakii is one of them.
Nyankena’s story: Fighting malnutrition and hoping for a peaceful future in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 13 March 2017 – Inside a Protection of Civilians (POC) site in Juba, South Sudan, several mothers sit closely in a group with their children at their sides.
Vitamin enriched flour to help prevent birth defects in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 3 March 2017 – Ever since Abdurahim* was born two months ago, his mother Alima has been struggling to understand why. Why her boy was born with spina bifida, a severe neural defect.
The dual threat of Boko Haram and malnutrition in north-east Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, 28 February 2017 – Boko Haram killed Falta’s husband in the middle of the night. She was forced to flee into the forest. She was three months pregnant at the time, with three young children in tow.
In Yemen, fighting to survive in a country plagued by malnutrition
HAJJAH, Yemen, 14 February 2017 - For 19-year-old Mohammed, the first rays of light falling in the small hospital room only bring more bad news. His two-year-old cousin Yehia has succumbed to the curse that has consumed his country: severe and acute malnutrition.
In Yemen, conflict and poverty exacerbate child malnutrition
SANA'A, Yemen, 30 January 2017 – Abdulmalik lies in a hospital bed, twisting and turning. He hasn’t slept well, he hasn’t eaten well. In fact, ever since he was born five months ago, little Abdulmalik has known nothing but discomfort and pain.
In Nigeria, newly accessible areas reveal scale of crisis
BANKI, Nigeria, 22 December 2016 – Less than 3 km from the Cameroon border is the Nigerian town of Banki in Borno State. The town's main street, once a thriving commercial area with cross-border trade, is now deserted and lined with buildings that have been destroyed during the conflict.
400,000 children in north-east Nigeria at risk of severe acute malnutrition
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, 13 December 2016 – Fanna Mohammed is worried about her son. Seven-month-old Umara is thin and listless. He rests his head against his mother's shoulder as she carries him in her arms. It's impossible to get him to raise a smile.
Combatting severe acute malnutrition in Phnom Penh’s vulnerable communities
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 8 November 2016 – Yin Seiha is 15 months old. She lives with her mother Chea Sok in one of Phnom Penh’s slum communities, in a single room hut that floats on the Tonle Sap River. Smiling and playing with her one-year-old neighbour, it’s hard to believe that this is the same child that a month ago was struggling to live and in need of urgent treatment.
Working with communities to curb malnutrition in Sierra Leone
PORT LOKO, Sierra Leone, 3 November 2016 – It’s a rainy morning in Gbombana village, Port Loko district, but several women – and some men – have braved the downpour to get to the health centre. They have come for the weekly meeting of the Gbombana Mothers’ Support Group, a community platform for parents to share experiences and advice on infant and young child nutrition.
Community leaders unite against malnutrition in Burundi
MUGINA, Burundi, 30 September 2016 – “I don’t know what is happening with my little child. She is not eating well and has lost her appetite little by little. We are worried and I don’t like to see her suffering,” says 34-year-old Donavina Ndereyimana, a mother of five. She lives in Mugina, a poor community in the province of Cibitoke, and is one of the many mothers there who knows the anguish of having a child with severe acute malnutrition.
What next for Nigeria’s children?
GWOZA, Nigeria, 23 September 2016 – Ajija is as frail as you possibly can be when alive. The four-year-old should be actively playing with friends but she can barely stand. When she is checked by a health worker, she is unsurprisingly registered as severely malnourished.
Life returns to parts of conflict-ridden Borno
GWOZA/KONDUGA, Borno, Nigeria, 29 August 2016 – The Mandara mountains appear ominously on the horizon through the cockpit window. Clouds hang over the ridge that cuts across Nigeria’s north-east border with Cameroon.
In South Sudan, child malnutrition worsens as conflict hinders response
JUBA, South Sudan, 4 August 2016 – Before the fighting that shook South Sudan’s capital of Juba last month, staff at the Al Sabah children’s hospital were admitting about 30 children a day for the treatment of malnutrition. Today that number often surpasses 80.