Tackling life-threatening child malnutrition in Chad
Friday 15 October 2010
Chad in West Africa has suffered prolonged droughts, poor harvest and, most recently, devastating floods, exacerbating a chronic food crisis.
One in every four children under 5 suffers from acute malnutrition in the west of the country. Without life-saving treatment, many of those who go on to develop ‘Severe Acute Malnutrition’ are at immediate risk of dying.
Through the West Africa Humanitarian Response Fund, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is funding partners such as Action Against Hunger (ACF) to help respond to these humanitarian crises across West Africa.
In Bhar El Ghazal in western Chad, DFID’s funding allows ACF to run mobile clinics to help identify and treat severely malnourished children and run an Emergency Nutritional Programme.
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