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Reference : V-P-SO-E-00974
Date : 26/02/2022
Country/Region : SOMALIA
Caption : Kismayo, General Hospital stabilization centre, Intensive Care Unit. A mother feeds her child through a nasogastric tube. The persistent drought conditions since October 2020 have destroyed crops and killed livestock with poor and scattered rainy seasons offering no respite for the people affected. The ICRC supports both stabilization centers in Kismayo and Baidoa as well as 16 Somali Red Crescent Society clinics that offer nutritional support for families in need.
Photographer : ABDIKARIM, Mohamed
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, photo gallery 17.03.2022:
"Somalia: Life-saving assistance to people affected by the drought:

A lack of appetite is a common symptom for severely malnourished children. Since part the treatment involves a precise daily dose of formula milk laden with nutrients that the baby needs, feeding is done through a nasal tube until they regain the strength to take the milk orally. Saynab Yuusuf’s eight-month-old baby stopped breast-feeding and is now being fed through a nasogastric tube.

More and more mothers are streaming into hospitals seeking life-saving treatment for their sick children. In Kismayo General Hospital, where one of the few stabilization centers in the country is located, admissions of children under the age of five have been on the rise since October last year. A similar center located in Baidoa Regional Hospital, in Somalia's central Bay region, is witnessing a similar trend. These two centers strictly cater for critical cases."
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Orientation : landscape
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