Chad's malnourished children offer stark illustration of Sahel food crisis

April 10, 2012

"The NGO Action Against Hunger says that, in March alone, it had 68 new admissions to its therapeutic feeding centre in Mao, a dramatic increase compared with February, when they had 27. Therapeutic feeding centres cater for those children worst affected by severe malnutrition, youngsters too sick to eat fortified nut pastes such as Plumpy'nut or Plumpy'doz. Once in the centre, the children receive fortified milk and round-the-clock medical care. In an average year, admissions peak in July and August, just as the rains arrive but before the next harvest has matured. According to Action Against Hunger, the peak has begun already."