(只有英文)大開賽地區近40萬名兒童受衝突影響 面對嚴重急性營養不良威脅

 

(只有英文)大開賽地區近40萬名兒童受衝突影響 面對嚴重急性營養不良威脅

Un infirmier de l'hôpital de Kabea Kamwanga traite un enfant en état de malnutrition et souffrant de paludisme, à l'aide de médicaments offert par l'UNICEF, le 20 mai 2017. L'hôpital de Kabea Kamwanga, soutenu par l'UNICEF à l'aide de fonds d'urgence, est situé à 70 km au nord-ouest de Mbuji-mayi, en direction de Kananga, dans la province du Kasaï Orientale, au sud de la République démocratique du Congo, une région en proie aux conflits entre les miliciens du chef traditionnel Kamuina Nsapu et les Forces Armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC) depuis juin 2016.     /     A nurse from the Kabea Kamwanga hospital is treating a malnourished and malaria-infected child with medicines donated by UNICEF, on May 20th 2017.The hospital of Kabea Kamwanga, supported by UNICEF with emergency funds is located 70 km north-west of Mbuji-mayi, in the direction of Kananga, in the province of Kasai Orientale, in the south Of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a region plagued by conflict between the militia of the traditional leader Kamuina Nsapu and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) since June 2016.

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A nurse from the Kabea Kamwanga hospital treats a malnourished child with medical supplies provided by UNICEF, in May 2017

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KINSHASA/ DAKAR/ GENEVA/ NEW YORK/ HONG KONG, 24 May 2017– The crisis in Greater Kasai in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has severely disrupted life-saving interventions for children in recent months, putting an estimated 400,000 children at risks of severe acute malnutrition, said UNICEF.

Across the five provinces of Greater Kasai, critical health infrastructures are no longer operational due to the conflict. In Central Kasai Province alone, more than one-third of health centers have been forced to close following looting, due to security concerns for staff or lack of medical supplies, depriving children of vital services and medicine.

“These children are among the most vulnerable in the country, and now they face a looming crisis if access to basic services is not restored quickly,” said Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “Without adequate health care, without access to food and clean water, the lives of hundreds of thousands of children are at risk.”

The nutrition situation of children is of particular concern because insecurity has made farming difficult for the local population. Eight health zones in Greater Kasai have been put on nutritional alert since the intensification of the conflict in August 2016. Supplies of food and basic necessities are dwindling, and displacement has forced families to live in conditions with inadequate hygiene or sanitation.

Even before the latest wave of violence, the Kasai Provinces were among the poorest in the country. More than one in ten children die before the age of five due to lack of adequate health care. Half the children suffer from chronic malnutrition or stunting. In recent months, widespread conflict across the region has exacerbated the situation.

“Our priority over the next few weeks is to reach thousands of severely malnourished children that can no longer be cared for in the health centers that have been destroyed,” said Tajudeen Oyewale, acting UNICEF Representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “But insecurity in these remote areas is making our work very challenging.”

UNICEF has stepped up its humanitarian response across the five Kasai provinces, providing therapeutic food to thousands of children in nutritional centres and training hundreds of community workers so they are able to screen children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

UNICEF needs HK$314 million (US $40.2 million) for its emergency response in Greater Kasai.