A Sudanese mother works her vegetable garden, her child on her hip. Most of the world’s poorest people depend on farming to feed themselves. Some 925 million people suffer from hunger or malnutrition.
Photo: Mothers and children queue to receive food as part of treatment in Guidan Roumdji, where MSF treats malnutrition and malaria. Niger 2012 © Tanya Bindra
“Running your infant to the pediatrician for a well-baby check up and shots may seem like just another chore. Who do you know who ever had measles? Many parents wonder if all those shots are really necessary in the first place. But last week, mothers, nurses, and doctors in Niger reminded me just how powerful and important these simple gestures are.”
How can improving childhood survival rates in Niger spread to a child survival epidemic? MSF pediatrician, Susan Shephered, discusses her work in the field and strategies to reduce childhood mortality worldwide.
This article was originally published on the Huffington Post.
A mother at a camp in Port-au-Prince, comforts her child as he receives tetanus and diphtheria vaccinations provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). UN Photo.