Hadiza Seini, 26 years old with her daughter Naima, 2 years old the centre for Treatment of Acute Malnutrition with Complications (CRENI) of the Poudriere Hospital, Niamey, Niger on February 16, 2016. Hadiza and Naima arrived that morning to the CRENI where they will rest until Naima is better. 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%.
‘My child had a fever, she was coughing and sores started forming around her mouth. I went to the Tallagué health centre for a consultation and they gave her a syrup and tablets. Despite that, Naima’s health did not improve and we were referred to come here.’
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