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Sierra Leone: Children's Malnutrition Problems

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Because malnutrition in African Countries particularly is a real problem, a real threat on poeple’s lives.
Children die everyday, not only because of malnutrition, but also because parents are not aware of the situation.
I feel concerned about this and i helped as i could the Association « Action contre le Faim » that helps a lot in Africa and some other critical places.
I would recommend you read this article, and i will post below the link to « Action contre la faim » for those who owuld like to know more and eventually help.

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Diary: Sierra Leone slum medic
A mother and child attend a malnutrition screening at Kroo Bay clinic

Medical staff at a clinic in the coastal slum of Kroo Bay, in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, have been keeping a diary of their working lives for the BBC News website.
Here, Adama Gondor, who runs the clinic, describes a sad case of severe malnutrition and an unnecessary death.
It has been really busy as we have started the distribution of a corn-soya blend for malnourished children.
A child being screened for malnutrition at Kroo Bay clinic
Children are assessed by their height, weight and arm circumference.

Image source : http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44576000/jpg/_44576835_motherandbaby466.jpg

So mothers have been bringing their children under the age of five for screening: we measure their height, their weight and the circumference of their arm.

If they fall below 80% of the minimum weight for their age, we put them on the feeding programme.
It has meant that all of a sudden we are seeing a lot of sick children, who have never before come for treatment.
The other day a small boy called Mukha, who is about four, was brought in.
He was very malnourished, but he also had a fractured leg.
His mother had taken him to traditional healer for treatment and she has been applying herbs.
The family were very upset and so was I - and angry too
The leg has set wrongly and has swollen so he can't even walk and one leg is much shorter.
The only way to fix it now would be to go to the hospital and have his leg in cast for months.
But the family is not willing to take him, they have no money.
We have put him on the feeding programme, but really he needs treatment we cannot provide
Earlier in the day, a mother and father rushed in with a small baby girl called Marion, she seemed lifeless in their arms.
When I examined her she had no pulse, no heartbeat and she was not breathing; the child was dead.
The family were very upset and so was I - and angry too.
Children die every day in this community because the parents do not bring them to the clinic.
The family said they had been going to a private small clinic, but the medicines hadn't worked.
The girl had been sick for two months with anaemia and severe malnutrition.
They only came to us when it was too late after she had collapsed.
We sympathised with the parents and said in future they must always bring sick children here first.
"This is your clinic, and we are always here for you," we said.
Children are too small to explain what is happening; people should bring them to the clinic fast.




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