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2009.11.13

* Simple responses to child mortality has a dramatic impact on Congo's children survival
* 시간: 02 min 43 secs
* 촬영도시: Kisangani
* 촬영국가: Congo
* 촬영일자: 23 Aug 2009


Lubunga is a small fishing village on the Congo River. Survival, here in the North Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is hard, even at the best of times.


Poor nutrition has left 46 percent of children under 5 chronically malnourished. And while children are not starving to death, their bodies are too weak to fight bouts of malaria, acute respiratory infections or diarrhoea.


UNICEF is working with Action Against Hunger, a global -Non-Governmental-Organisation- and the Ministry of health to roll out community based therapeutic feeding and monitoring centre in different provinces.


This health centre, is one of the many that is making a dramatic impact on children's wellbeing. A simple check on a child's health and nutrition status is at the basis of keeping children healthy.


Three-year-old Mandula's condition is being monitored each week. Her treatment is adjusted as needed SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Mandula's Mother: "She used to eat a lot and play with her friends. Now, she has lost her appetite, and at night she doesn't sleep or play anymore,"


Mandula is prescribed a one-month treatment at -no cost- of plumpy nut - a ready-to-eat nutritional supplement of peanut butter, milk, oil and micronutrients. It will probably take a month for Mandula to fully recover.


This clinic also runs a weekly nutrition class that informs mothers on how best to prepare nutritious and healthy food cheaply.


SOUNDBITE (French) Abel Nimpojeje, Nutritionist, Action Against Hunger: "We find that the main cause of malnutrition is feeding habits. It is during our awareness campaigns that we try to get them to diversify what they eat, such as more agriculture food as well as fish. There are also many cases of malaria, and if a child is sick, he or she will have problem with digestion and become malnourished."


Many Congolese children depend on this community- approach to treating malnutrition that began in 2008. But despite efforts placed to bring down children's mortality rate, the DRC still has a long way to go before all its children have their right to survival is fulfilled.


This is Natacha Ikoli reporting for UNICEF television. Unite For children.

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