Severe Acute Malnutrition: Why Children Relapse After Treatment In Nigeria, Yemen

Severe acute malnutrition has continued to ravage children in conflict settings, such as Borno State in North East, Nigeria, as well as Hajjah and Hodeida governorates in Yemen.

In some cases, children under five, who were treated and discharged from outpatient and inpatient outlets relapse and return for the same treatment.

Umar Modu, 3, was discharged as having been cured of severe acute malnutrition six months ago, but he relapsed and is back at the Shuwari Outpatient Therapeutic Programme (OTP) in Jere, Nigeria’s north-eastern state of Borno, where he was earlier treated.

The facility is run by the International Medical Corps (IMC), Nigeria, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded programme.

“He fully recovered and was discharged last year. After six months, he began to suffer from diarrhoea and other symptoms again. We went to the hospital and he was given some medications, but he didn’t get better. We returned to the Shuwari OTP centre and he was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. He is now undergoing treatment,” his mother, Falmata said in Shuwa Arab language.

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