Magazine article Geographical

MSF Saving Lives in Sahel

Magazine article Geographical

MSF Saving Lives in Sahel

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The Sahel region Saving severely malnourished children

The Sahel region of Africa is facing severe food shortages, with thousands of children under five at risk of malnutrition. MSF teams are currently ramping up our emergency response in the areas most affected in Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Chad and Burkina Faso. MIRKO TOMMASI, MSF director in Niger, explains the situation.

'Malnutrition is a chronic crisis in this region. Last year, we treated 104,000 severely malnourished children in Niger, but at the moment, it's not easy to say how big this year's nutritional crisis is going to be.

We have mobile teams doing evaluations and assessments in remote areas. We're screening children, and if we have any indication of a surge in the numbers suffering from malnutrition, we'll be ready to intervene. We have good stocks of food and medicines and teams ready to go. We can't wait until the last minute to make these preparations. …

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