Typhoon Bofa has caused a famine in the Philippines

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March 28, 2013. Supertyphoon "Bofa" hit the Philippines in early December 2012. But so far, the island nation is feeling the impact of the disaster, which killed more 500 people and left thousands of people in the country without a roof over their heads.

The problems of the residents of the affected regions is not limited to the rehabilitation of infrastructure, destroyed homes and socially significant objects. Many of them are confronted with a much more pressing problem — hunger.

According to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Philippines, about 67,000 children under the age of 5 are at risk, that is regularly malnourished. Major concerns are that problem is in remote, mountainous areas of the country.

The forced starvation, of course, has a negative impact on the health of children, their functional development. Here the diagnosis "Kwashiorkor"Few people are surprised. With this type of severe malnutrition that occurs on a background of a lack of protein in the diet, children develop not only a pathological swelling of the face, abdominal distension, but also such related diseases like dermatitis and inflammation of the skin.

Situation exacerbated by the fact that in most affected areas of the Philippines in the villages there is no permanent medical center, where parents of sick children can go for help in a timely manner. For the sake of receiving a doctor they have to travel many kilometers of distance blurred by rain roads. At such a "journey" most of the villagers are solved only in extreme cases where the situation, usually already too advanced. More that is not always in local health centers have the necessary supply of antibiotics and ready-to-use therapeutic food to provide them all the sick children.

In connection with such a difficult situation, UNICEF calls on the government together with international funds to strengthen work in this direction by providing the necessary facilities and hospitals to inform the public about the symptoms of kwashiorkor and its treatment.

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Source: News Gismeteo

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