Child abuse is a global
problem. It includes all forms of physical and emotional ill-treatment, sexual
abuse, neglect, and exploitation that result in actual or potential harm to the
child’s health, development or dignity. Child abuse and neglect are common in
Nigeria, yet poorly reported. We herein report a case of child abuse and
neglect in a 14-year-old boy, complicated by severe malnutrition, human
immunodeficiency virus infection and gross under achievement of educational
goal. The social and economic factors that play major roles are highlighted
with the aim of sensitizing health care professionals, child advocacy groups,
policy makers and other stakeholders on the impact of child abuse. We also hope
that this would remind all concerned organisations and individuals of child
protection which is integrated in the child right act 2003 adopted by Nigeria.
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