UNICEF / DRC KASAI MALNUTRITION

10-May-2018 00:02:20
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said at least half of all children under five years of age in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, some 770,000 children, are suffering from acute malnutrition. UNICEF
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STORY: UNICEF / DRC KASAI MALNUTRITION
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SOURCE: UNICEF
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DATELINE: 25-28 JANUARY 2018, KASAI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
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FILE - 25-28 JANUARY 2018, KASAI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

1. Aerial shot, Kasai region
2. Wide shot, mosquito net hanging from tree
3. Pan right, hospital ward
4. Med shot, mother holding child in ward
5. Med shot, Doctor examining child
6. Wide shot, Doctor examining child
7. Close up, child in mother’s arms
8. Tilt up, peacekeeper
9. Med shot, child standing in front of burned structure
10. Med shot, child sitting on hospital bed
11. Wide shot, dark hospital ward
12. Med shot, mother hugging children in hospital
13. Close up, malnourished child being fed
14. Tilt down, mother holding child
15. Close up, sleeping child
16. Wide shot, doctor writing
17. Close up, child in hospital
18. Wide shot, child standing in hospital ward
19. Tilt up, little boy being examined
20. Med shot, boy being examined
21. Med shot, little boy connected to drip
22. Wide shot, grandmother with child in ward
23. Tilt down, classroom with teacher and students
24. Wide shot, students in classroom
25. Wide shot, children leaving class
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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said at least half of all children under five years of age in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, some 770,000 children, are suffering from acute malnutrition.

In a report released today (11 May), UNICEF said the number included 400,000 children who were severely malnourished and at risk of death and warned that unless urgent action was taken to strengthen the humanitarian response, the number of child deaths could skyrocket in the region.

UNICEF said conflict and displacement have been major drivers of malnutrition in Kasai. It said food insecurity in Kasai has been compounded by a sharp drop in land productivity linked to displacement which has rendered many families unable to plant and harvest their crops. In some areas, three crop seasons were missed.

The report titled “Kasai: A children’s crisis” found that one in ten children in region was suffering from severe acute malnutrition. It also found that more than 200 health centres were looted, burnt or destroyed during the conflict and more than 400 schools were attacked or used for military purposes which has furthered children’s vulnerability. Immunization schedules for children were also interrupted by the violence and the region was now facing outbreaks of cholera and measles.

UNCIEF said recovering from the violence was dependent on family reintegration and schooling for children who have been associated with militias. UNICEF and its partners have so far secured the release of more than 1,700 children from militias, and provided them with psychosocial support and help in reintegrating their communities. UNICEF has also set up and rehabilitated 314 classrooms in the Kasai region to help get children back into the classroom. To fund its programs for the children of Kasai in 2018, UNICEF has appealed for 88 million USD.
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