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Malnutrition in Africa Wears Two Faces

In a health clinic in Mathare, one of Nairobi’s roughest slums, families fill the waiting room. Here, the charity German Doctors runs a feeding program for malnourished children. Caroline Munyi, a pediatric nurse, says some of the children are in very bad shape. As of last Friday, "we had 35 patients we have admitted since January, and most of them with kwashiorkor." Signs of the protein deficiency can include a protruding belly, emaciated limbs, discolored hair and skin,...

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