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Reference : V-F-CR-F-01712-N
Date : 03/2017
Country/Region : SOMALIA
Title : Somalia : malnutrition hits record high as drought persists
Duration : 00:11:17
Director : YAZDI, Pedram
Cameraman : YAZDI, Pedram
Editor : unknown
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
YAZDI, Pedram
Production reference : AV610N
Description : The number of cases of severely malnourished children under-five in need of urgent life-saving treatment is on the rise as drought tightens its grip on Somalia. With fears of a looming famine taking hold, a spike in the malnutrition rate among children under-five represents a warning shot that the drought situation could likely take a turn for the worse.
In the Kismayo General Hospital’s stabilization centre, one of the few places in South and Central Somalia where such cases can be treated, more and more mothers are streaming in with children visibly wasted. A total of 414 new patients were admitted in December setting a monthly record high for the centre since it began operations in 2013. As of the end of February 369 new patients were admitted, almost 40 per cent higher compared to the same time last year.
Consecutive failed rains (two rainy seasons a year, Gu and Deyr rains) have led to poor harvests and loss of livestock leaving over half the country’s population with a shortage of food and in need of humanitarian assistance. Children, especially those under five, are a touchstone of how desperate these situation is due to their body’s physiological demands. They burn far more energy per kilo of body weight than adults and need to eat more often.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : Somalia : malnutrition hits record high as drought persists
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
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