Sound the alarm: Help children like Moustapha today
April 3, 2012
Moustapha is two and a half years old. He lives with his mother. He has lost his father.
Together, he and his mother walked over 5 kilometres to reach the nearest feeding centre. When they arrived Moustapha was in such serious condition that he had to be transferred to a stabilization centre, an additional 10 to 15 kilometres away.
At the centre his mother learned that Moustapha suffers from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) with complications – a serious and potentially life-threatening diarrhoeal infection. Too weak to eat Plumpy’Nut®, a therapeutic paste, he is currently being treated with therapeutic milk.
Children suffering from severe acute malnutrition with complications, like Moustapha, are treated at specialized stabilization centres where they are provided with essential medicines and therapeutic paste provided by UNICEF.
For children like Moustapha, suffering from SAM, it usually takes two weeks before they are strong enough to return home and can be treated as outpatients with a supply of therapeutic paste.
UNICEF is supporting 205 therapeutic feeding centres across the Sahel belt region of Chad alone. From training community healthcare workers, to providing critical medicines and supplies, we will do whatever it takes to reach every child – but we need your help.
Sound the alarm. One million children like Moustapha are at risk in the Sahel.