MSF raises alarm over food situation in Niger

Paris- France (PANA) -- The international medical charity, Doctors without borders (MSF) called Tuesday for a general mobilisation to confront the worrying food situation in Niger, where it was currently attending to 3,000 severely malnourished children in the eastern locality of Maradi.
Altogether, 20,000 severely malnourished children need care in nutrition centres countrywide, the MSF said.
"The number of malnourished children reached an abnormally high level in the first quarter this year, and will get even worse if no action is taken quickly," it warned in a statement.
MSF said it had opened a second nutritional centre in Maradi and plans to open a third one in Tahoua.
It said a 13-point consultation network would be set up for a medical and nutritional follow-up of needy children at home.
"Families are facing food shortage, while the next harvests are not due before October," said the humanitarian organisation.

26 april 2005 21:30:00

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