• SOURCE: UNICEF

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visits malnourished children in Chad

ID

234122

Shoot Date

13 Feb 2012

Shoot Location

Mao, Chad

Production Company

UNICEF

Description
Video news package with English mono mix audio. Narrated by Anja Baron
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On her second official trip to Chad as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Mia Farrow arrived here to witness first-hand the devastating effects of years of drought on the country's children. In 2012 over 1 million children will suffer from severe acute malnutrition, an estimated 127 000 in Chad alone. For years Chad has endured conflict and instability and the effects are clearly visible. The impact on the country's health system devastating. In addition, access to safe drinking water and sanitation services is among the lowest in the world causing diarrhoea and with it, malnutrition. In Mao, a small town in Western Chad, Miss Farrow visited a therapeutic feeding centre. She spoke to the many mothers and held their malnourished children. Many of the mothers had similar stories. SOUNDBITE (Chadian Arabic), Awa Abakar, mother "The child had diarrhoea, fever and scabs on his head, so I took him to the Bira health centre, they gave him two injections and sent me to the Tula health centre where they diagnosed severe malnutrition and they sent me here." Like Awa's son, many children are now getting better thanks to the intensive care given at the centre. But millions of children are at risk of severe malnutrition due to an emerging food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel. SOUNDBITE (English), Mia Farrow, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador "This little girl is on the mend, but when she was admitted she was near death's door. Across the Sahel, which we are in now, in Western Chad, more than a million babies are at risk of starving in the next months. It's the desertification of this area, the repeated failure of crops year after year, people are unable to grow things, the animals die and the children suffer. So without help this little girl wouldn't be sitting in my arms" UNICEF and partners have been working with the government of Chad to identify and respond to the crisis; last year alone 68 000 children under five were treated for severe acute malnutrition through therapeutic feeding centres, like the one in Mao. Miss Farrow also visited a small garden on the outskirts of Mao where the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization is eking out a small oasis of crops like onions and potatoes amidst arid desert land. Miss Farrow left Mao with an urgent plea to the world to respond to a crisis that UNICEF fears may only get worse. 1-WIDE SHOT Mia stepping off plane in Mao 2-MEDIUM SHOT Mia meeting local delegation in Mao 3- WIDE SHOT donkeys carrying hay 4-Close up, boy 5-Medium shot, boy in tree 6- WIDE SHOT passing houses 7- WIDE SHOT mother and child 8- CLOSE UP child 9-Close up, child's leg 10-Medium shot, Mia Farrow touching child 11-Medium close up, baby being handed to Ms Farrow 12-SOUNDBITE (Chadian Arabic) Awa Abakar, Mother "The child had diarrhoea, fever and scabs on his head, so I took him to the Bira health center, they gave him two injections and sent me to the Tula health center where they diagnosed severe malnutrition and they sent me here." 13-Wide shot, women in clinic with their children 14-Medium close up, child being given food 15-Medium shot, mother on floor with malnourished child 16- SOUNDBITE (English) , Mia Farrow, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador "This little girl is on the mend, but when she was admitted she was near death's door. Across the Sahel, which we are in now, in Western Chad, more than a million babies are at risk of starving in the next months. It's the desertification of this area, the repeated failure of crops year after year, people are unable to grow things, the animals die and the children suffer. So without help this little girl wouldn't be sitting in my arms" 17-Wide shot, Mia Farrow in UNICEF warehouse 18- MEDIUM SHOT Mia reading label and UNICEF worker explaining plumpy nut. 19- CLOSE UP Mia holding plumpy nut 20- WIDE SHOT Mia and entourage looking at field 21- WIDE SHOT men working in field 22-Medium close up, rake tending to field 23-Medium close up, pan, tilt up water in filed to worker
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