Malnutrition

Four-year old Khalif has been under treatment in MSF’s in-patient therapeutic feeding centre in the southern Somali town of Kismayo for just over two weeks when his mother, Abshiro GEDI, tells his remarkable story. The family lives in Mayondo village, around 60 kms. North of Kismayo, in an area...
“No child should have to reach the brink of death before getting access to the nutrition they need to grow and thrive.” - Dr. Susan SHEPHERD, former MSF Nutrition Advisor Too many children suffering from malnutrition go unnoticed outside emergency hot spots Each year, malnutrition claims millions...
Six months after the birth of South Sudan as the world’s newest independent country, a series of emergencies are unfolding that require urgent humanitarian responses. The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has scaled up into full emergency mode in Upper...
For the past few weeks Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in Somalia have been trying to expand their operations despite ongoing violence in the capital and other restrictions. As the number of malnourished children continues to rise, it is clear that more assistance is necessary for the already...
Hussein Sheikh Qassim works in the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Marere, southern Somalia. He spoke to us by phone on 17 August. Today, when we woke up, the skies were covered by dark clouds and we still haven’t seen the sun. Because of the weather, people haven’t brought the sick to...
David MICHALSKI, emergency coordinator, and Said HASSAN, field coordinator, recently finished their missions in Mogadishu, Somalia. In this interview they describe the humanitarian situation and the first steps of MSF’s response in the capital. “I arrived in Mogadishu with two colleagues on 31 July...
Hadija Isaac ABDU toys with the plastic syringe that she uses to feed her severely malnourished three-year-old son at the MSF stabilisation centre in Malkadida refugee camp. “We are farmers; we grow corn and sorghum. We had cows. The crops failed because of the drought and when the cattle died we...
Interview with Mohamed Somane ABDI, MSF Assistant Project Coordinator, Marere, southern Somalia The drought has affected us badly. Marere use to be a farming area but there has been no harvest now for more than two years. You can see the effects of the drought right here in our hospital, where...
Last week, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has sent medical teams and four charter planes carrying 55 tons of medical equipment, medicines and therapeutic food to Mogadishu in response to the crisis in Somalia. In the past weeks, an estimated 100,000 people have fled from south and central Somalia...
Abdi Osman ISSA, supervisor of the inpatient and outpatient departments at MSF’s hospital in Marere, southern Somalia: I can tell you that I have never seen a situation like this in all the years I have been working with MSF. Not only are we seeing malnourished children, we are also seeing adults...
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