• SOURCE: UNICEF

UNICEF Reports On a Steep Decrease in the Number of Child Deaths in the Niger

ID

254735

Shoot Date

13 Sep 2012

Shoot Location

Maradi Region, Niger

Production Company

UNICEF

Description
Edited Package (with narration)
Shotlist
Script IT'S A MOTHER'S WORST NIGHTMARE... WATCHING HER CHILD FIGHT FOR LIFE. BUT AROUND THE WORLD ALMOST 19,000 CHILDREN UNDER FIVE STILL DIE EVERY DAY FROM LARGELY PREVENTABLE DISEASES... TWELVE-MONTH-OLD BASSARIYA WAS RUSHED TO THIS DISTRICT HOSPITAL SUFFERING FROM SEVERE ACLOSE UPTE MALNUTRITION. SOUNDBITE (Hausa) Zainabou Abdou - Mother "Locusts destroyed our crops last year and we had no money to buy food. There was nothing to eat and I had no more breast milk for my daughter. All I could do was cry." MOST OF NIGER'S POPULATION ARE POOR FARMERS WHO GROW THEIR OWN FOOD, MAKING CHILDREN HERE SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE. WHILE MOST OF THE WORLD HAS MADE STRONG INROADS INTO TACKLING SOME OF THE MAJOR KILLERS OF CHILDREN, SUB SAHARAN AFRICA CARRIES THE HIGHEST BURDEN OF CHILD MORTALITY; AND CHILDREN FROM POOR RURAL AREAS ARE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO DIE BEFORE THEIR FIFTH BIRTHDAY THAN THOSE IN URBAN AREAS. IN NIGER'S CASE THE SITUATION HAS BEEN MADE EVEN WORSE BY THE FOOD CRISIS GRIPPING THE WHOLE SAHEL REGION SOUNDBITE, Amadou Mohamed Nassirou - Health Worker When children arrive here they are already in a critical state, in very serious condition with a lot of complications GLOBALLY, MORE THAN A THIRD OF CHILD DEATHS ARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO UNDERNUTRITION. FOR BASSARIYA IN ADDITION TO BEING UNDERNOURISHED, SHE WAS ALSO SUFFERING FROM MALARIA - AN EASILY PREVENTABLE DISEASE THAT KILLED HALF A MILLION CHILDREN IN 2011... NEARLY ALL IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA. BUT THANKS TO THE COORDINATED EFFORTS OF NIGER'S MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH, UNICEF AND OTHER NGO PARTNERS MORE AND MORE CHILDREN'S LIVES ARE BEING SAVED BASSARIYA HAS RESPONDED WELL TO ALMOST A MONTH OF TREATMENT RECEIVING G THERAPEUTIC FOODS LIKE PLUMPY NUT AND FORTIFIED MILK POWDER. HER MOTHER ZAINABOU HAS ALSO RECEIVED EDUCATION ON HOW TO PREVENT MALNUTRITION AND OTHER CHILD KILLERS. SOUNDBITE (Hausa) Zainabou Abdou - Mother We've learnt about the importance of breast-feeding and making other important foods for children like beans and peanut-butter enriched porridge and other foods AND AFTER BEING GIVEN VITAMIN DROPS AND IRON SUPPLEMENTS SHE IS READY TO BE DISCHARGED. SOUNDBITE, Amadou Mohamed Nassirou - Health Worker The importance of these efforts is to reduce child mortality in Niger. If you look at the mortality figures here, you'll see they total to no more than 5%. AND THE EFFORTS ARE PAYING OFF... DESPITE ALL THE CHALLENGES NIGER HAS SEE A 60% DECLINE IN UNDER FIVE MORTALITY SINCE 1990 AND TODAY RANKS AS ONE OF THE TOP 20 BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES IN REDUCING CHILD DEATHS... AFTER A FOUR-HOUR WALK UNDER A HOT SUN MOTHER AND CHILD FINALLY REACH HOME... TO A HEARTFELT WELCOME REMINDING US THAT ALL CHILDREN – NO MATTER WHERE AND TO WHOM THEY ARE BORN – HAVE A RIGHT TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE. Shotlist June 6 2012, Aguie District Hospital, Maradi, Region 1. CLOSE UP of a sick baby 2. CLOSE UP of a worried mother pan down to baby 3. Wide shot, mother and baby 4. Med shot - nurse working over sick baby 5. Wide shot - mother and sick baby 6. CLOSE UP - sick girl 7. Med shot - mothers and baby lie on cot from above 8. CLOSE UP - crying baby 9. CLOSE UP - mother comforts baby 10. SOUNDBITE Zainabou Abdou - Mother (Hausa) Locusts destroyed our crops last year and we had no money to buy food. There was nothing to eat and I had no more breast milk for my daughter. All I could do was cry. 11. Med shot - mother feeds baby with Close up June 8 2012, Maradi Region 12. Med shot - oxen ploughing field 13. Wide shot - man working in field 14. Wide shot - children outside village June 6 2012, Aguie District Hospital, Maradi Region 15. CLOSE UP - Intravenous drip rack focus to wide hospital ward 16. Med shot - Health worker 17. CLOSE UP - sick baby 18. Wide shot - Mother and sick baby 19. CLOSE UP - sleeping baby 20. Wide shot - women line up for food distribution 21. Med shot - women on line for food 22. SOUNDBITE Amadou Mohamed Nassirou - Health Worker (French) When children arrive here they are already in a critical state, in very serious condition with a lot of complications 23. Med shot - sick child being weighed 24. CLOSE UP - Health worker reads scale 25. CLOSE UP - child being weighed 26. Med shot - Health worker checking child 27. CLOSE UP - Health worker measuring child's arm 28. Med shot - mother brings child for check up 29. CLOSE UP - sick child's arm being measured 30. Med shot - health worker writing 31. CLOSE UP - Child being weighed 32. Med shot - Health worker prepares milk powder 33. CLOSE UP - Health worker reaches into UNICEF supplied box of milk powder 34. CLOSE UP - Packets of milk powder 35. Wide shot - health worker walks with powder 36. Med shot - Health worker distribute Plumpy Nut 37. CLOSE UP - Plumpy Nut package being opened 38. CLOSE UP - mother feeds Plump Nut to child 39. CLOSE UP - spoon stirring milk 40. Med shot - mother listens to lesson 41. CLOSE UP - poster pan up to community educator 42. Wide shot - mothers listen to community educator 43. SOUNDBITE Zainabou Abdou - Mother (Hausa) We've learnt about the importance of breast-feeding and making other important foods for children like beans and peanut-butter enriched porridge and other foods 44. Wide shot - health worker prepares to give drops 45. CLOSE UP - health worker gives drops 46. CLOSE UP - health worker fills out discharge form 47. Med shot - health worker discharges mother and child 48. SOUNDBITE Amadou Mohamed Nassirou - Health Worker (French) The importance of these efforts is to reduce child mortality in Niger. If you look at the mortality figures here, you'll see they total to no more than 5%. 49. Wide shot - mother and child sit 50. CLOSE UP - smiling happy child 51. Wide shot - mother leaves health center 52. Wide shot - other mothers wave 53. Wide shot - mother walks off June 10 2012 Malankaoua Village, Maradi Region 54. Wide shot - mother walks along road in arid landscape 55. CLOSE UP - mothers feet walking 56. Med shot - follow mother arriving at village 57. CLOSE UP - Happy family clapping 58. Med shot - grandmother takes baby 59. CLOSE UP - Grandmother and baby
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