MSF deplores malnutrition, mortality among Malian refugees in Mauritania

Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The medical NGO, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has expressed alarm at the rate of malnutrition and mortality among Malian children in the M'Bera refugee camp in Eastern Mauritania, a report published Thursday in Nouakchott announced.

According to MSF "nearly one child out of five is malnourished and 4.6% of them suffer from forms of severe malnutrition".

"Among children below the age of two, the mortality rate goes beyond the emergency threshold with a prevalence twice to three times as high elsewhere in Mauritania," MSF said.

"These children die of malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhoea. Only 70% only of these children were immunized against measles," MSF added.

The report said a weakening of immune defence often generated complications that caused diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhoea.

According to the latest UN Human Rights Commission census, 54,000 Malians fleeing the conflict in the northern part of their country are in Mauritania.
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10 Janeiro 2013 22:39:59

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