Emergency nutrition program in N’Djamena
The few facilities providing treatment to children with acute malnutrition in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, are overwhelmed by thousands of patients during an unusually severe “peak season”, which has led MSF to build and open a 50-bed inpatient therapeutic feeding center in the city on July 26. Within two weeks more than 100 children with severe acute malnutrition and medical complications have been admitted into MSF centre.
Endemic both in Chad and N’djamena all year round, acute malnutrition has reached alarming proportions in the capital. This is due to the cumulative effect of the decline in people’s purchasing power, particularly severe seasonal food insecurity and a public workers’ strike that is impacting the health sector.
Urgent action is required to increase inpatient capacity to treat severely malnourished children and to provide early treatment in outpatient facilities, making sure they have the means and support to provide effective assistance. Access to emergency paediatric care services is an uphill battle In N’Djamena, so everything must be done to stop malnourished children becoming so severely sick they have to be taken into hospital.
In August 2018, MSF also start several ambulatory nutrition centres across N’djamena to enable children to receive treatment and appropriate follow-up at home. MSF includes the distribution of supplementary food provided by WFP in its outpatient activities.
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