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Niger, November 2012. During the community health sessions, led by volunteer health workers called 'Natural Leaders' mums in the village of Mazadou Abdou take turns to demonstrate the 'Key Family Practices' that contribute to their children's health and in this village have literally saved lives.
Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months - the very best start for a child when safe and nutritious breast mild is all that a baby needs.
Demonstrated by mother Haouaou who has seen that her child born after the programme started is much stronger that the child born before.
Here Haouaou feeds 8 month old Issiakou with 4 year old daughter Oumiera watching.

By Jessica Mony

In 2011, droughts across the Sahel plunged millions of families into a food crisis. A year after UNICEF and partners’ emergency response began, we ask ourselves how can we stop this vulnerability and persistent cycle of suffering? A poor, rural Nigerien village 600 people may hold the answer. Here, despite every family’s struggle during the drought, no child suffered malnutrition in 2012.

Just three years ago it was rare for a week to go by without a child dying from combinations of malnutrition, diarrhoea and malaria in Mazadou Abdou village. During the frequent droughts, at times this would rise to two or three. No family was spared the pain of loss and mourning. Haouoau and Loli Abdou are just one set of parents that faced this tragedy. Loli holds up three fingers and lists that in 2000, 2002 and then again in 2004 they lost three children to malaria. Looking solemnly at their healthy 8 month baby boy Issiakou, it is clear the scars will likely never heal for this family. Sadly, their situation is not unique in this or any other village across the Sahel.

Fortunately, in 2008 a simple UNICEF programme of family practices helped change all of this. The practices are simple and include exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life; complementary feeding for children after six mont
Niger, November 2012. During the community health sessions, led by volunteer health workers called 'Natural Leaders' mums in the village of Mazadou Abdou take turns to demonstrate the 'Key Family Practices' that contribute to their children's health and in this village have literally saved lives. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months - the very best start for a child when safe and nutritious breast mild is all that a baby needs. Demonstrated by mother Haouaou who has seen that her child born after the programme started is much stronger that the child born before. Here Haouaou feeds 8 month old Issiakou with 4 year old daughter Oumiera watching. By Jessica Mony In 2011, droughts across the Sahel plunged millions of families into a food crisis. A year after UNICEF and partners’ emergency response began, we ask ourselves how can we stop this vulnerability and persistent cycle of suffering? A poor, rural Nigerien village 600 people may hold the answer. Here, despite every family’s struggle during the drought, no child suffered malnutrition in 2012. Just three years ago it was rare for a week to go by without a child dying from combinations of malnutrition, diarrhoea and malaria in Mazadou Abdou village. During the frequent droughts, at times this would rise to two or three. No family was spared the pain of loss and mourning. Haouoau and Loli Abdou are just one set of parents that faced this tragedy. Loli holds up three fingers and lists that in 2000, 2002 and then again in 2004 they lost three children to malaria. Looking solemnly at their healthy 8 month baby boy Issiakou, it is clear the scars will likely never heal for this family. Sadly, their situation is not unique in this or any other village across the Sahel. Fortunately, in 2008 a simple UNICEF programme of family practices helped change all of this. The practices are simple and include exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life; complementary feeding for children after six mont
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