UNICEF: Community-based health centers in Senegal

This year, UNICEFs flagship report, The State of the Worlds Children to be launched on 15 January addresses the need to close one of the greatest health divides between industrialized and developing countries: maternal mortality. Here is one in a series of related stories.

By Thomas Nybo

KOLDA, Senegal, 13 January 2009 Daddo Sabaly’s first four children all died before their first birthday, from either disease or malnutrition. Ms. Sabaly lives in the Kolda region of Senegal, which historically has had one of the country’s highest rates of infant mortality. Her fifth child, a boy named Abdoulaye, is now five. Her sixth is a healthy nine-month-old girl.

Ms. Sabaly credits a community health centre for her children’s survival, as well as a community nutrition programme that identifies local food resources such as squash, eggs and milk. Before this programme, feeding children these products was considered taboo.

“At first, Abdoulaye was suffering from malnutrition,” she says. “But we went to the community centre, where I learned to properly feed him and he got better.”

To read the full story, visit:¬†http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/s…

Are you sure you want to delete this "resource"?
This item will be deleted immediately. You cannot undo this action.

Related Resources

Video
25 Nov 2014
From Infoasaid: In any emergency, be it natural disaster or man-made, people’s lives are turned upside down. Knowing what’s happening, where to go for assistance and who to call for help is crucial to their survival and recovery. The goal...
Tags: Video, Communication As Aid
Guidance material, Video
01 Apr 2015
Earthquake Safe Building Practices in Nepal: Video Toolkit by UNDP Nepal Earthquake Safe Building Practices in Nepal: Video Toolkit (Episode 1), Earthquake Safe Building Practices in Nepal: Video Toolkit (Episode 2), Earthquake Safe Building Practice...
Tags: Guidance material, Video, Earthquake
Other type of resource, Report, Video
30 Jun 2015
INFORM is a global, open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters. It can support decisions about prevention, preparedness and response. The short animation is an introduction to INFORM – the Index for Risk Management. INFOR...
Tags: Other type of resource, Report, Video, Community Risk Assessment, Risk Assessment