UNICEF reports on an increase in malnutrition cases in Chad as the Sahel region is hit by a severe food crisis



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12 Apr 2012

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1. SOUNDBITE (French), Sister Merceline M'Po, Nurse, Notre Dame of the Apostles Dispensary: "This year is going to be very difficult. Because the parents don't have food at home, and the children start to fall sick – and then there is no money for medication – and because they don't have money for medication, they don't come to the hospital fast enough – the child becomes too weak and malnutrition sets in quickly. If we don't respond quickly it's going to get worse, we will become overwhelmed by cases, and the children will die." 2. Wide shot, overcrowded clinic with weighing basin 3. Medium shot, mother removing child from weighing basin 4. Close shot, pan right child with kwashiorkor being measured 5. Close shot, child's swollen feet on measuring table 6. Medium shot, UNICEF nutrition team discussing while looking at Chad map 7. Close shot, Chad map 8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Yaron Wolman, UNICEF Chief of Health and Nutrition, Chad: "We know that in countries like Chad, approximately 50% of child mortality – of children under 5 mortality, is related directly or indirectly to malnutrition. We know that these emergency interventions are so important because it is really a matter of life and death. We also know that we have the capacity now to treat large numbers of children, within a community setting – so these are relatively inexpensive interventions that are life-saving." 9. Wide shot, nurse speaking to mothers with children 10. Medium shot, mothers feeding children therapeutic paste 11. Close shot, child drinking from cup 12. Close shot, mother feeding child nutritional paste
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