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Assama Ousseini, 18 years old, with baby Maouia, 18 months old at the centre for Treatment of Acute Malnutrition with Complications (CRENI) of the Poudriere Hospital, Niamey, Niger on February 16, 2016. Assama comes from the village of Komo Bangou which is 100km from Niamey. Married when she was sixteen, Mauoia is her first child. She came with public transport to Niamey where she has a brother who could assist with the cost Maouia receiving adequate treatment. He has already improved after six days at the CRENI and has began to drink milk again. Every morning, a health worker comes to explain to Assama and other mothers correct practices for feeding a young child. Poudrière hospital is a reference hospital for the approximately 5 million people that live in the regions of Tilbery, Doss and Niamey with 581,000 children under 5 years. Constructed in 2002, it offers public health care, undertakes research and reinforces the capacity of medical staff. 37 doctors, 82 nurses and 22 midwives are employed at the hospital and have capacity of 146 beds with 72 of these in the paediatric section. Unicef supports the Therapeutic Nutritional Centre (TNC) for treating patients with severe acute malnutrition accompanied by complications (CRENI) which was rehabilitated in 2011 to treat 27 children. Since 2005, Unicef has supplied the hospital with ready-to-use therapeutic foods, medicine and training of healthcare workers. In 2012, the last year of the nutrition crisis, 692 cases were treated with a recovery rate of 90%.

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Assama Ousseini, 18 years old, with baby Maouia, 18 months old at the centre for Treatment of Acute Malnutrition with Complications (CRENI) of the Poudriere Hospital, Niamey, Niger on February 16, 2016. Assama comes from the village of Komo Bangou which is 100km from Niamey. Married when she was sixteen, Mauoia is her first child. She came with public transport to Niamey where she has a brother who could assist with the cost Maouia receiving adequate treatment. He has already improved after six days at the CRENI and has began to drink milk again. Every morning, a health worker comes to explain to Assama and other mothers correct practices for feeding a young child. Poudrière hospital is a reference hospital for the approximately 5 million people that live in the regions of Tilbery, Doss and Niamey with 581,000 children under 5 years. Constructed in 2002, it offers public health care, undertakes research and reinforces the capacity of medical staff. 37 doctors, 82 nurses and 22 midwives are employed at the hospital and have capacity of 146 beds with 72 of these in the paediatric section. Unicef supports the Therapeutic Nutritional Centre (TNC) for treating patients with severe acute malnutrition accompanied by complications (CRENI) which was rehabilitated in 2011 to treat 27 children. Since 2005, Unicef has supplied the hospital with ready-to-use therapeutic foods, medicine and training of healthcare workers.  In 2012, the last year of the nutrition crisis, 692 cases were treated with a recovery rate of 90%.