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Niger: Taking a Community Approach to Malnutrition

In Magaria, a town in Niger just steps away from the border with Nigeria , the hospital's intensive therapeutic feeding centre (ITFC) is nearly overloaded: 240 children are hospitalised there.

Treating such a large number of children, who often arrive in a desperate state, is an almost impossible task under good conditions, says Dr. Claude Ngobe, MSF's medical coordinator for Niger . We have to step up the early detection of malnourished children so that we can prevent admitting so many to the hospital.

In one of the district's health zones, MSF is working closely with the community to prevent the disastrous consequences of malnutrition in young children.