Between January and June 2021, more than 5,400 children under five years with malnutrition received nutrition treatment by the ICRC. Malnutrition among children under five years is due to several causes some of which can be addressed by their parents. However, poor access to health care, deteriorating food security, and lack of knowledge are among many obstacles parents, especially mothers, in the north-east of Nigeria face.
The ongoing conflict, which has lasted for over a decade, has negatively impacted the overall health situation in the region, and particularly that of children. When mothers make critical decisions to save the lives of their malnourished children, they must take many things into consideration, but does this stop them? No. To ease some of these obstacles, the ICRC supports a new stabilization center in Mubi that can treat up to 15 malnutrition children under the age of five at a time with their families.
By using ALMANACH, a digital tool that improves the quality of diagnoses and drug prescriptions for children under five, health care workers screened and detected a rise in cases of malnourished children in Adamawa State. In response, the ICRC has partnered with the General Hospital in Mubi, in April 2021, to support the most vulnerable children.
The images here were taken at the stabilization center in Mubi, the second ICRC-supported stabilization center in the country, in partnership with General Hospital, Mubi.