Djibouti, Djibouti City

Balbala project

Active screening for malnutrition in the districts of PK12, PK20, Doraley and Hayable in the city of Djibouti©Jean-Francois

Active screening for malnutrition in the districts of PK12, PK20, Doraley and Hayable in the city of Djibouti©Jean-Francois

MSF has worked in Djibouti since 2008. Medical teams take care of children with severe malnutrition in Balbala, a suburb of Djibouti City, where some 200,000 people live, including a large number of people from neighbouring countries such as Somalia and Ethiopia. Mobile teams work in the Balbala, Hayableh, Arhiba and PK12 districts, identifying those with severe malnutrition and referring them to health centres where they are treated. The most severe cases requiring hospitalisation are brought to the MSF therapeutic feeding centre for appropriate care. In the last few months of 2009, more than 14,000 children were screened, 16 per cent of whom need further care. Overall, in 2009, MSF treated nearly 1,730 malnourished children under five years old.

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