INDONESIA: Smoky traditions endanger children

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Une tradition nocive pour la santé infantile dans les provinces rurales de l’Indonésie

Une femme brûle des noix de coco pour en faire du charbon de bois en Indonésie © AFP PHOTO/Ahmad ZAMRONI

In Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT), one of Indonesia’s least developed provinces, child mortality is nearly double the national average and traditions are partly to blame, say aid workers.

In a practice thought to be healthy, mother and child are confined to an “umebubu”, a grass hut, for 40 days after delivery, with a wood fire burning and no ventilation.


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