ID#: 6901
This late 1960s photograph shows a seated, listless child, who was among many kwashiorkor cases found in Nigerian relief camps during the Nigerian-Biafran war. See also PHIL ID# 6902, highlighting the swollen feet of this child, known as pedal edema, which is another symptom of kwashiorkor, a disease brought on due to a severe dietary protein deficiency. This child, whose diet fit such a deficiency profile, presented with symptoms including edema of legs and feet, light-colored, thinning hair, known as flag sign, anemia, a potbelly, and shiny skin. These relief camps provided feeding wards where doctors from the National Communicable Disease Center (NCDC) were on call 24-hours a day, monitoring 100 or more, malnourished, stage-four kwashiorkor children.
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