Child Suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition with Medical Complications in Niger
Two year-old Nasseyba Souley at a Save the Children stabilisation centre in Aguie in the Tessaoua region of Niger. After Nasseyba vomited for 24 hrs and suffered from diarrhea for two weeks, her mother took her to the health post in their village of Hankaka. Nasseyba did not respond to the treatment prescribed, and after a further three days her mother took her to see a traditional healer, who prescribed a powder containing unknown ingredients, together with instructions that for the next 48 hours Nasseyba should be given nothing but the powder mixed with fermented milk. After 48 hours the diarrhea had not stopped, and Nasseyba was too weak to eat and unable to stand. Her mother took her to the health centre in Dan Bouzou, a considerable distance from their home, whereupon she was immediately transferred to the stabilisation centre. With impaired liver function as a result of severe acute malnutrition, her doctors say she is also suffering from toxic shock, and is clearly fighting for her life.