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Reference : V-F-CR-F-01812-N
Date : 19/05/2017
Country/Region : SOMALIA
Title : Somalia : drought doubles influx at children nutrition centres
Duration : 00:05:27
Cameraman : NG'ANG'A KAMAU, Mark
Editor : NG'ANG'A KAMAU, Mark
Person appearing :
STILLHART, Dominik (director of operations, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
Cameraman : NG'ANG'A KAMAU, Mark
Editor : NG'ANG'A KAMAU, Mark
Production reference : AV642N
Description : Hunger and thirst, the deadly consequences of Somalia’s drought, have doubled the number of children admitted to the nutritional centre in Baidoa. The centre, one of the few places where malnourished children under age five can get life-saving treatment in south and central Somalia, has more than twice as many children this year compared to last year. In a similar centre in the country’s southern port city, Kismayo, the situation is much the same, the facility is overwhelmed by the high number of mothers streaming in with children visibly wasted, and in urgent need of medical help.
At Baidoa hospital, tents have been put up to accommodate an increase in patients that has stretched the hospital’s capacity to far beyond its 150-bed limit. The centre has now admitted 230 children under the age of five, who are staying with either their mothers or care givers. This time last year, the figure stood at 100.
Nationwide, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent Society have seen an 80 percent increase in the number of malnourished children treated at the two centres and clinics compared to last year
Uncertainties about the rainfall performance during the current Gu season (April - May) has raised fears that the effects of the drought will persist and the risk of the situation deteriorating further remains very real. A sharp spike in malnutrition levels is a cruel signal that things could be taking a turn for the worse. Only six years ago, a devastating famine in the country led to the death of over a quarter million people, half of them children.
There is some good news: the nutrition centres in Kismayo and Baidoa, supported by the ICRC, as well as the Somali Red Crescent network of clinics, have scaled up their response and remain vital centres where parents can bring their sick and malnourished children.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : Somalia : drought doubles influx at children nutrition centres
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