“repost of @andrewquilty.
Gul Ahmad, a malnourished boy, lies beneath a scarf of his mother’s in the therapeutic feeding centre ward of the Médecins Sans Frontières (#MSF) -administered Boost Hospital in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. Malnutrition is a chronic problem in Afghanistan with most hospital admissions only coming once a malnourished child is suffering from an illness that results from the child’s decreased capacity to fight infection and ward off other easily treated ailments. The cause of malnutrition here is more complex but often it can be as simple as a lack of information and education (or the access to it) for new mothers who often feed their newborns baby formula or tea rather than breast milk.
Photo: Andrew Quilty / Oculi. 6.4.2015. #msf @doctorswithoutborders #helmand #afghanistan #malnutrition” By doctorswithoutborders on Instagram.
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