Dr. Mohammed* works for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at Boost Hospital in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, where 400 severely malnourished children under five years of age are treated every month. Many of them are also suffering from worrying complications such as pneumonia, diarrhea, or gastrointestinal problems. In the intensive therapeutic feeding center, MSF teams focus on treating the direct medical complications of malnutrition, in addition to preparing therapeutic foods to feed every child, three times a day. Below, Dr. Mohammed describes his experience working with the mothers and children who take long journeys to reach this urgently needed care.
Running out of beds
During the conflict and change of government, many people could not reach us. It was too dangerous and the roads were cut off.