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Field Focus: Myama Against the Odds

April 2013

Video by Mo Scarpelli

When Africa's worst cholera epidemic in 15 years struck Sierra Leone’s capital city in 2012, mothers and young children in Mabella slum found themselves in a breeding ground for the deadly disease.

Myama Conteh is a young mom and business woman in one of Freetown's most thriving—and unsanitary—markets. She earns less than $1 a day selling roasted cassava, not enough to feed herself and her kids. Nutrition is a luxury.

So when cholera hit Myama's neighborhood, the odds were stacked against her healthy recovery. Watch Myama's story.


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