A child dies every six seconds from
THE CYCLE OF MALNUTRITION
- A child becomes acutely malnourished and the mother must leave what little livelihood she has – typically farming – to take the child to the nearest hospital.
- Long walks give way to crowded waits in makeshift centers. If admitted, she remains as the caregiver in a crowded malnutrition ward, which is often a room with rows of straw mats, as the child is treated.
- Disease is transmitted easily among the weakened children in the ward.
- And, if the child survives, he or she often returns home to find that his or her family have sunken into a deeper level of crisis.