In rural Kenya, nearly all mothers breastfeed their babies. But there are some exceptions. Baby Kuvuthi (photo) has a mother who suffers from a serious mental illness and is unable to breastfeed. Kuvuthi’s grandmother takes care of her but cannot afford to buy infant formula, which is expensive and only available in the distant cities.
Ndunge Mutisya’s baby (photo) is not breastfed because Ndunge died shortly after giving birth, leaving the newborn and 5 other children in the care of the grandmother, who also is too poor to buy formula.
These infants are being fed an infant formula provided by Global Health Partnerships (GHP) as part of the child nutrition project. Careful education and follow-up are essential to avoid the recurrent diarrhea that can be a fatal complication of formula feeding of infants in resource-poor settings in Africa. Your donations feed hungry children in Kenya, mostly to treat child malnutrition, but occasionally infant formula is the life-saver.
Wambua (photo) is a young child who stopped walking and playing when his bone pain became severe. The pains in his bones and joints started months ago, but when he could no longer walk his mother carried him to the Global Health Partnerships (GHP) village outreach clinic. He was clearly underweight and malnourished, but he also had the tell-tale signs of the bone deformities that are caused by rickets due to a deficiency of vitamin D. This diagnosis was confirmed with bone X-rays arranged by GHP. Treatment has been started with high doses of vitamin D and calcium, as well as the therapeutic feeding needed for recovery from malnutrition. Wambu has started to walk and play again, but he will require a prolonged course of treatment, which is being supervised in the village by the Mutinda, the local community health worker (also seen in the photo).
Vitamin deficiencies are a complication of hunger and malnutrition that require identification and treatment to avoid serious growth and development problems for these children. Your donations provide the essential vitamins and supplements, as well as the nutritious food, that make this work possible.
Over 95% of the donations that GHP receives go directly into program services!
Regina and Beatrice (see photos) are bright young girls who have recovered from malnutrition thanks to your generous support. They are among the many survivors of the devastation problem of child malnutrition who have been treated in the Global Health Partnerships (GHP) therapeutic feeding program.
Food insecurity is a daily challenge for families in this part of drought-prone Kenya. The volunteer community health workers (CHWs) who were trained by GHP weigh and measure young children in the villages so that children like Regina and Beatrice can be helped with a feeding program before they succumb to severe illness or death. Monitoring of child growth is done in the villages as well as the clinic. More children continue to be added to the feeding program, but others “graduate” and live healthy, active and productive lives.
Hunger does not take a vacation for the holidays. GHP will continue to feed the hungry, treat the malnourished and ill, and monitor their progress during the holidays and throughout the year with your support. Over 95% of the donations that GHP receives go directly into program services!
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!
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!
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