In 2022, MSF received 17,620 admissions of acute malnutrition across our ATFCs in Massakory health district, and 2,062 cases in the ITFC. By the end of July this year, we had already treated around 10,200 children with malnutrition in our ATFC, and 647 children in our ITFC.
“Poverty, the effects of climate change, difficulties in accessing healthcare, recurrent measles outbreaks, childhood diseases (malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia) and the lack of access to good quality drinking water are all reasons that explain the persistence of acute malnutrition in the health district of Massakory,” says Dr Christian Mwemezi, MSF medical team leader in Massakory.
“To this day, the food security and nutrition responses remain insufficient throughout the region of Hadjer Lamis,” he says.
Care for the community, by the community
To access hard-to reach areas, our teams have decided to launch ICCM+ activities, which bring healthcare closer to communities, treating the most common childhood illnesses such as malaria, respiratory infections, and acute watery diarrhoea, as well as malnutrition.
Patients in critical condition are referred to the nearest health centre, or to the hospital if necessary. Within the first two months of opening, 516 children have been treated across the four ICCM+ sites in Massakory.
In the village of Karkoure, located 20 kilometres from Massakory town, community health workers - chosen by the community itself and supported by MSF - ensure people’s access to vital health care.
For Younous Hissen Ahmat, chief of the village of Karkoure, this activity is has been invaluable.