Global Health Partnerships Inc

Global Health Partnerships (GHP) is an organization of medical professionals and other volunteers who work as partners with local organizations, Ministries of Health, and local health care providers to improve the health and well-being of the poor. GHP provides humanitarian aid, medication and supplies, and medical services and training of local health workers .
Sep 15, 2011

A starving child, a victim of poverty and drought

Patricia arrived in the clinic seeking help for her daughter Katwili (photo), who is 10 months old but weighs only 10 lbs. The Global Health Partnerships medical team confirmed that she was markedly underweight (weighing only half the average weight for a child her age), and started her on the supplementary feeding program for children with severe malnutrition.

Extreme poverty, no food

The mother, Patricia, age 35, had stopped producing breast milk when little Katwili was only one month old. She substituted goat milk and a little porridge. She has not thrived. Patricia has 7 other children aged 3 to 15 years old. Her husband hauls water and sell it at the market. No one else in the family can work, and with the drought the garden produced nothing last year. The have a few chickens, but no other source of food. It is not only Katwili, but the entire family that suffers from hunger every day.

Drought and crop failure

Poverty and food insecurity have plagued this region for many years, but a severe and prolonged drought has greatly exacerbated the problem. Hunger and child malnutrition have increased, with serious health consequences, especially for the children. Patricia and her family have been unable to produce food on their land that had helped sustain them in the past. Global Health Partnerships is working with agricultural experts to find long-term solutions, such as drought-resistant varieties of plants, small-scale drip irrigation techniques, efficient water harvesting, etc. Meanwhile, we need your support to stem the tide of starvation and suffering of the poorest in this part of Africa.   

Your support can help

Would you like to help this family? For only $28 this family can receive enough basic food staples for one month, to carry them through this period of hunger. The program is administered by the head nurse of the clinic to help the most vulnerable families. Over 95% of the funds that are received by Global Health Partnerships go directly into the program services!

Apr 28, 2011

Successful treatment of child hunger -an update

Naomi when she was found by the GHP team
Naomi when she was found by the GHP team

Naomi’s mother was pregnant and she had stopped breast feeding when our team found her with the assistance of a volunteer community health worker (CHW). Naomi’s diet consisted of mostly a corn meal porridge that was not enough to maintain her growth and development. The CHW, who was trained by Global Health Partnerships (GHP), recognized Naomi’s severely malnourished state and she was started on Plumpy’nut in our therapeutic feeding program. Thanks to your GlobalGiving donations, Naomi (shown in the photos) is now a healthy, normal well-nourished child.

Child hunger and malnutrition is a common problem in the poverty-stricken semi-arid region of eastern Kenya where GHP has established a therapeutic feeding program. Many of these children would die from poor nutrition and infection if treatment is not started. The first step is to identify the children who need treatment in the isolated villages. GHP has trained a network of volunteer village CHWs who weigh and measure the children, and help arrange treatment with Plumpy’nut or Unimix (a fortified corn-soy supplement used for less malnourished children). CHWs can also monitor child growth to assess the response to the treatment program. 

Your generous support allows us to continue this successful program and save the lives of children in the poorest families in the Kenyan villages. Over 95% of the donations that we receive go directly into program services!

Naomi in March 2011 after treatment in GHP program
Naomi in March 2011 after treatment in GHP program

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Apr 26, 2011

Notice: Change In NGO Home

LifeStitches Uganda, Inc. Has A New NGO Home!

LifeStitches Uganda, Inc. is pleased to announce that as of March 2011 we will become a freestanding not for profit 501c(3) organization.  We extend our gratitude to Global Health Partnerships, our former parent organization, for their close collaboration since 2007.  LifeStitches Uganda, Inc. will have a new board and will continue its mission to foster social enterprises for HIV/AIDS women living in sub-Sahara Africa.  In particular, we will continue our support for the development of the Aura, Uganda LifeStitches Sewing Workshop. Donations should be forwarded to our new NGO Account LifeStitches Uganda, Inc., as soon as due diligence is complete.  Donations made to Global Health Partnerships aka LifeStitches Project (501 (c)(3)  will be donated to the new LifeStitches Uganda 501(c)(3) NGO and continued to be used for the same Uganda project.

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