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Turning things around…

Save the Children has supported the clinics in Nyaminyami through the cholera epidemic. Ngande Clinic received important NFI’s (aquatabs, detergent, soap, oral rehydration salts) and food from us. The two nurses on duty – Sister Besum and Sister Kuona – tell me that what Save the Children provided to their clinic helped to turn the cholera situation around. ‘In December’, they said, ‘we had nothing – the food we got from you meant that we did not have to go home – we stayed because of that – it was really appreciated.’

There are currently no reported cases of cholera in Ngande. Now, however, the nurses are facing a malaria outbreak above the normal threshold for this time of year. 100% of patients presenting to the Clinic since mid February (often up to 100 patients a day) have malaria. They are waiting for residual spraying of the area which will take place on Thursday and, they hope, curb the outbreak. Save the Children plan to distribute mosquito nets and malaria prevention materials to all households in Nyaminyami.

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