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Women at the heart of the fight against malnutrition

The Sahel has one of the world’s highest rates of acute child malnutrition: every year, 1.4 million children suffer from the most severe form of the disease in the semi-arid band below the Sahara desert that stretches across Africa. Innovations in the fight against under-nutrition result in thousands of lives saved.

In recent years, EU Humanitarian Aid has supported medical non-governmental organisation ALIMA’s new strategy of training mothers to detect malnutrition at home, prompting them to seek early medical attention for their child thereby greatly increasing their chances of survival.

In Niger, this photo story follows Dahara and her malnourished twins to see how the training works.

Story by Halimatou Amadou, Communication Officer, ALIMA


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