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Globalization and Popular Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by ANDRE MUKENGE, Congo, DR Jul 16, 2003
Health   Short Stories


The Democratic Republic of the Congo, D.R.C., is experiencing the following prevalent diseases: AIDS, veneral and sexual diseases, tuberculosis, parasitic worm infections , malaria and children malnutrition.

In this article we will demonstrate how the children malnutrition is affecting the growing rate of the Congolese development and what globalization can do to prevent these kinds of disease.

Let's read the story of a baby nicknamed KANDE and his mother BOF.
Mom BOF is pregnant and about to deliver. Since the first mounth of her pregnancy, she doesn't eat meal or other animal products. Her diet consisted on the vegetables as cassava, maize boiled and rice. She never ate meal products or eggs. Because these foods are so rare and so dear when they are on the market that her husband Mr AMBA can't buy them for his wife. Mr AMBA is a Congolese official and a State Congolese agent. He is monthly paid les than US$15 to nourish six children who might be in school. But his wife Mam BOF is pregnant and she had to sell small things as peanuts, tobaggo, salt or vegetable in the street. After all she gives birth to a baby nicknamed KANDE. The infant is breastfed until seventeen month of age. Since six months, Mam BOF gives to her beloved baby an additional food such as rice, manioc bread or starchy food. Then, KANDE begins to prevent sign of malnutrition: retardation of growth and development, the waterlogging of tissues, the degeneration of the liver and skin rashes.

What happens then? A lot of children are living as KANDE in Democratic Republic of the CONGO, AFRICA. A serious dietary deficiency damages their health inhibit their growth and impair their mental development. More than 80% of these children don't see their fifth birthday, but in the case they survive, they carry the scars during their entire life.

That is a veritable tragedy for those children. But the situation considered on a large scale of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2,345,000 km square with more than 55,000,000 inhabitants) is appaling for all the universe. It becomes a global problem , because the word can't afford a generation of men and women who aren't able of functioning in accordance with genetic potential. That is why we say that this situation is necessitating an urgent attention of our globalization movement. The debilitating effects of malnutrition renders far more deadley common infectious diseases of children : respiratory ailments, measles, gastroenteritis, parasitic worm diseases and malaria.
That is why immediate and sustained efforts are needed to improve sanitation, increase the availability of proper foods, expand the purchasing power of families, and raise their educational levels.

A project requiring intervention for the malnourished children and their mothers is posted apart.




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