Mogadishu, 06 August, 2022 / 5:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, has said that the entity has tripled stabilization centers in Somalia’s Gedo region since the beginning of the year in view of addressing the challenge of malnutrition.
In an interview with RTÉ radio 1 published Thursday, August 4, Trócaire Somalia Country Director, Paul Healy, attributed malnutrition to the effects of climate change, including a prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa country.
“On malnutrition, we have thousands of people coming up every month; our stabilization Center for malnutrition across Gedo has tripled in numbers from what we had at the beginning of the year,” Mr. Healy told RTÉ radio 1.
He said that those admitted to the centers are treated for severe acute malnutrition and other health complications, adding, “We take them in for a number of weeks and try to ensure that they have adequately recovered.”
The Director of the Irish Catholic entity said that besides the families of those admitted being given “food baskets so that they can get through this period”, Trócaire also tries to address the underlying root causes of malnutrition.