MAROUA, 18 December 2013 (IRIN) - Mairam Umaru’s year-old son had suffered vomiting and fever on and off for a month before she sought medical help.

“I thought it was my milk affecting him, or that he was teething,” said the 17-year-old mother at the referral hospital in Maroua, the capital of Cameroon’s Far North Region, where her son was being treated for severe acute malnutrition and other complications.

Around a dozen mothers watched over their sick children in the ward. Some 58,000 ch...


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