Tanya Bindra
An MSF nurse inserts an IV drip to a malnourished child during a consultation at the intensive nutritional rehabilitation center (ITFC) in the town of Guidan Roumdji, Niger. Here many malnourished children who have developed serious forms of malaria receive ready-to-use therapeutic foods as well as anti-malarial treatment.
MSF teams are on high alert during the rainy season between July and November because of the deadly combination of malnutrition and malaria. Since July, the MSF team in Guidan Roumji has to face a peak of malnutrition and malaria. The number of admissions to MSF’s hospital has doubled over the last weeks and 80 per cent of the children admitted are now suffering from malaria. In Niger, MSF conducts medical and nutritional activities in Tahoua, Maradi, Zinder and Agadez. As of August 2012, more than 50,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition and 105.000 malaria cases have been treated in medical facilities run by MSF and its partners.