NOT JUST CIVIL WAR IN SOMALIA
Zakariya, 2, is among the 200,000 children who received treatment for SAM from UNICEF and partners in Somalia last year.
He had a high fever that lasted days and was losing weight rapidly. His family live in a camp for displaced persons on the outskirts of Mogadishu struggling to make ends meet.
Climate change, civil war and sporadic unrest since the 1980s has devastated the agricultural sector and health infrastructure in Somalia.
"I lost hope when I saw his condition deteriorating,” Zakariya’s mother, Fatuma, says.
“I thought he would never get better.”
When Fatuma heard about the clinic supported by UNICEF in her camp - a clinic that offers free health and nutrition treatment for children and women - she immediately took Zakariya there.
He was immediately admitted into a feeding program for children suffering from severe malnutrition. After three-months in the program which included feeding him Plumpy’Nut® - a peanut paste enriched with nutrients - Zakariya made a full recovery.
“I never thought he would be able to recover from such a bad state.”
Zakariya, 2, is among the 200,000 children who received treatment for SAM from UNICEF and partners in Somalia last year. © UNICEFSomalia