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Mothers carrying children and waiting at rural health clinic

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Malawi has hit a rough patch following a drought caused by El Nino. According to the United Nations children’s agency, the African country is dealing with a shortage of food and a suffering economy.

Due to the scarcity, prices are on the rise and people can’t afford to feed themselves and their families. UNICEF has started a nationwide screening for malnutrition in children under the age of five.

“Although official figures are saying that malnutrition cases are not increasing, we know from past experience that this may not be the whole story,” said UNICEF country representative Mahimbo Mdoe.

“Hungry, desperate families may not have the means or resources to take sick children to be assessed. This mass screening will bring the services to them to ensure no child is left out.”

Earlier this year, half of the country was deemed a disaster zone when 100 people died, 340,000 were displaced, and crops were destroyed due to heavy rains. Read more.

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