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Scaling up treatment of severe malnutrition in Kahemba, DRC’s Kwango province

/echo/file/scaling-treatment-severe-malnutrition-kahemba-drc-s-kwango-province_enScaling up treatment of severe malnutrition in Kahemba, DRC’s Kwango province

Two million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In a country about two thirds the size of western Europe, the town of Kahemba is reached by traveling 24 hours on mostly deserted roads from the capital Kinshasa. Kahemba is one of the regions where EU humanitarian aid has allowed Action Against Hunger (ACF) to deploy an emergency team to save children from the agony of death by malnutrition.

One in six Congolese children in the Kahemba region suffers from acute malnutrition. Faced with multiple complex crises, the DRC’s malnutrition crisis is often neglected. If left untreated the risk of death is high among children who suffer from acute malnutrition, particularly those below five years of age.

By enabling partners such as Action Against Hunger to respond to nutritional crises and scaling up treatment, the EU provides help in places where needs are the highest. In 2017, about 20 000 severely malnourished children in DRC received life-saving treatment thanks to EU humanitarian aid.

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Last updated 13/04/2018