Kadi, 35 years old with her grand daughter Djamila, 2 years old at the centre for Treatment of Acute Malnutrition with Complications (CRENI) of the Poudriere Hospital, Niamey, Niger on February 16, 2016. Kadi lives with her son and daughter in law who just gave birth to twins. Kadi noticed that Djamila’s health was slowly deteriorating and she became worried. She had been admitted the night before and was already showing signs of receovery. The swelling was reduced but she will stay at the CRENI for 3-6 days. 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%.
‘I saw that she was getting thinner and there was also swelling. I took Djamila to the Baley Yara health centre where they told me to come directly here to the CRENI.’
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