amadou kaneI am a general practitioner. I had the chance to do a good number of pediatric services which ultimately meant that once there (Tékane), I took care of pediatrics.

I saw a good number of children over the two days and it went well and in general the population is responding massively. There were a lot of children. It's a bit complicated because generally there are a lot more than the adults, but we were able to do it anyway and we hope that the contribution was interesting, in general the initiative is good because it is good to come to the front of populations who do not always have access to quality care.

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sante pour tous actume ministere santeThere are a number of things to note, the type ofhe pathology that has been found in children in general is mainly parasitosis and there is a little geophagy (the act of eating the earth) in the little ones. So they tend to be a little anemic and have some intestinal worms on top of that. There is unfortunately also the proximity to the river, it is a 'fresh water in which we find bilharzia. So I think we've seen quite a few, I don't have the exact numbers but I can say that around the 80% in children there were signs of bilharzia which we treatedé. The rest is a story of dermatophyte. What are called ringworms.

We also took the opportunity to make a search for malnutrition, we were provided with an armband, which is called "Mid-Upper Arm" which allows to take the circumference of the middle of the arm. This is a very good indicator, according to a color code that makes it easier to read, for children under 5 years old but we limited ourselves to 3 years in general we did not find any malnutrition on what the we saw on almost a hundred at least on this side we are reassured.

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 Interview by Constance BORDES and Oumar KANE in Tékane, April 19, 2014
Transcript produced by Maïry KANE


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