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The dangerous age for African children: Democratic Republic of Congo, 1959

Doctor weighing a three-year-old child at the Institute of Scientific Research, Lwiro, Democratic Republic of Congo
WHO/Paul Almasy

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A particularly striking case of kwashiorkor. Balesi Deogracias, aged 3, was brought to the Institute, weighing 4 kilos. He has a good appetite, and the doctor hopes to return him to his family after 3 months' treatment.

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