UNICEF / DRC CHILDREN MALNUTRITION

11-Mar-2019 00:01:54
UNICEF estimates that 260,000 children in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and in need of lifesaving treatment. Thousands of children from Kasai who have fled with their families to the neighboring Provinces of Kwilu and Kwango are also suffering from malnutrition. UNICEF
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STORY: UNICEF / DRC CHILDREN MALNUTRITION
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SOURCE: UNICEF
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNICEF ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: CHILUBA / FRENCH / KIKONGO / TCHILUBA / NATS

DATELINE: OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2018, TKIKWIT, KWILU PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO; KANANGA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO; TSHIKAPA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO; SHIKAPA, KASAI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
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1. Wide shot, mother and her daughter, who is severely malnourished, walk along a path
2. Med shot, mother examines her daughter’s extended stomach
3. Wide shot, exterior of health centre, Kananga
4. Med shot, grandmother holds her granddaughter inside the health centre
5. Close up, mother holds her child inside the Tshikapa Hospital
6. Close up, child’s arm being measured
7. Close up, child’s height is measured
8. Close up, spooning milk powder from tin into jug
9. Med shot, milk being taken to child
10. Med shot, nutritionist and child playing with ball
11. Close up, health worker opens food packet
12. Med shot, health worker opens food packet
13. Close up, nutritional food packet given to child
14. Close up, health worker opens nutritional food packet
15. Wide shot, health worker offers child nutritional food packet
16. Close up, child eats nutritional food packet
17. Close up, health worker offers child nutritional food packet
18. Close up, children eat nutritional food packets
19. Close up, mother of malnourished daughter (malnourished daughter died after filming);
20. SOUNDBITE (Kikongo) Mother of malnourished daughter:
“She started to eat sand because she was so hungry.”
21. SOUNDBITE (Tchiluba) Baleka Mado, Mother of Kanu, 4 years old:
“When we left the bush, it was because of the hunger and the suffering.”
22. SOUNDBITE (French) Jeanette Chibola, Head of health center
“There’s still a lot of malnutrition, it hasn’t gone down.”
23. SOUNDBITE (Chiluba) Madeleine Kabondia, Community Health Worker:
“The health center treats the fever if needed and especially, gives nutritional food to malnourished children.”
STORYLINE
UNICEF estimates that 260,000 children in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and in need of lifesaving treatment. Thousands of children from Kasai who have fled with their families to the neighboring Provinces of Kwilu and Kwango are also suffering from malnutrition.

SOUNDBITE (Kikongo) Mother of malnourished daughter:
“She started to eat sand because she was so hungry.”

SOUNDBITE (Tchiluba) Baleka Mado, Mother of Kanu, 4 years old:
“When we left the bush, it was because of the hunger and the suffering.”

As a result of violence and insecurity between 2016 and 2018, Kasai faced large scale population displacements, child rights abuses and important levels of malnutrition among children. Even though pockets of insecurity remain today, thousands of families who had fled into the bush have now returned to their communities.

SOUNDBITE (French) Jeanette Chibola, Head of health center
“There’s still a lot of malnutrition, it hasn’t gone down.”

SOUNDBITE (Chiluba) Madeleine Kabondia, Community Health Worker:
“The health center treats the fever if needed and especially, gives nutritional food to malnourished children.”

In the last two years, UNICEF and its partners have treated 200,000 severely malnourished children in the Kasai region. To help children return to school, UNICEF has rehabilitated 500 classrooms that had been burned down or looted during the violence and assisted more than 100,000 children with psychosocial support and education material. UNICEF has also assisted more than 5,000 unaccompanied children and children associated with militias and ensured the reintegration in their families and communities.

The return of at least 300,000 Congolese people from Angola is incurring additional stress on health centers, schools and other basic services in Kasai. As a result, access to essential and lifesaving services is compromised for many children.
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