Hunger kills children in southern Madagascar

Hunger killed three children in the rural commune of Tsimananada, in Androy region, southern Madagascar, and four others are suffering of very acute malnutrition, a statement from the ministry of population said.

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“The death of a 13-year-child was noted but the exact causes and circumstances could not be determined in a formal way. Another child died due to hyperthermia and another stopped breath for other crisis,” the statement said.

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The minister of population Onitian Realy confirmed that she evacuated 42 children from the rural commune of Tsimananada to the nearby bigger town of Ambovombe.

“Four of them suffered from acute malnutrition and sent to the regional center of Doctors Without Borders, after consultation and support,” the minister said.

“Approximately 172,000 students in Androy region are currently affected by hunger, causing a negative impact on their school performance,” the minister added.

“Malnutrition is a factor that seriously undermines the health of the population, victim of drought,” the minister said on Sunday after visiting at least three times the most vulnerable areas in southern Madagascar.

The minister said “a two-day-consultation to fight against recurring problems in the south will be held on Feb.19 and Feb. 20 in Ambovombe district to develop an intervention strategy and sustainable solutions for the drought and hunger, as well as to ensure the development of the region.”

Androy region is the poorest of the 22 regions in Madagascar, with 97 percent of poverty rate. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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