Care for the Sahel’s people

For a year in hospital in Mary pass around 2,400 children.
They are taken care usual seven doctors, but in peak season from July to September came two more, because then the number of patients increases. This is the time of hunger - it comes when drought in the Sahel has caused and crop failure. The period coincides with the rainy season, which in turn carries malaria.

After "intensive" phase of hunger in babies pass "first." Such is the case with Rahiba. It is a cheerful girl - not stop laughing while sitting on a hospital bed to his mother. Then "transit" phase - there are 14-month Amurtala-Ibrahim and her mother Hajar. The hospital immediately understood where the children entered the "second" phase - because it is the first place here where you can hear children's voices. The little ones are so stable that already have power not only to issue sporadic sounds, and to play. In the separate building pediatric you can see and baby with winter ski jacket, donned in spite of the heat. Just in the fever caused by one of the many African diseases.

For this hospital gives the European Union a year at € 500,000. The cost of treating a sick child malnutrition in the Sahel is about 100 Euros a month. If not allowed to go hungry, however, the price fell to 20 euros a month.

GDP per capita in Niger is $ 700 per year, that is two dollars a day. According to statistics, two thirds of the population lives below the poverty line. A labor that inhabitant of Niger earns $ 1 in one Norway pay $ 85. EU annually provides to the Sahel region over € 100 million for humanitarian aid and more so - as development aid. This aid must be "smart used" - to invest in food production in the region and organizations as CRAC-GRN helps the local people how to do that. Therefore, the EU funded programs such as "cash for work" whose essence is giving money for tillage. Assisted families are divided into four groups according to the number of members, cultivated land and production. They receive amounts in local currency West African franc equal to between 20 and 40 euros per month. With this money, buy the most food produced by complementing them.

 

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