For the past month I have been working at the project site, living in the village ofKisesini with the Kenyan nurses. Today I was asked by the nurses to see Mirriam(shown in photo), a 22 month old girl whose mother carried her to the clinicbecause of a fever and diarrhea. Miriam was suffering from severe malnutrition,with a weight of only 6.1 kg (13 lb 6 oz). She was dehydrated as well asmalnourished, so fluids were given (intravenous at first, then oral rehydrationsolution). Antibiotics were also administered, since they have been shown instudies to improve the survival of children with acute malnutrition. When sheable to eat the Plumpy’nut food supplements, she was sent home with a supply ofthe packets, with close follow-up planned.
During the 3 months since the last project report, the therapeutic feeding program for childrenwith malnutrition has treated seven children with severe malnutrition, and 18children with moderately severe malnutrition. Thanks to your generosity, all ofthese children are being monitored with frequent check-ups to ensure fullrecovery, as they receive their nutritious food supplements of Plumpy’nut andUnimix. We are also continuing the feeding of the other 17 extremely poor families with monthly food rations.
The major purpose of this Global Health Partnerships (GHP) project since its inception has been the nutritional treatment of malnourished children, and this successful effort continues. During the past year other children who live in the households of malnourished children, who are also hungry and poorly nourished, have been provided with food rations. The medical staff identified the first 12 of the porest families last year, and GHP began providing a monthly food supply to stave off hunger and prevent worsening malnutrition. Since then 5 more families have been added, two of them last month. Yatta Mutie is the head of one of those households and is typical of the problems faced by these families. She is a grandmother who is trying her best to take care of seven grandchildren whose parents died. She shares one bed with her grandchildren in a small house without a door, cooking in the same house where they sleep. A Kenyan nurse working with Global Health Partnerships (GHP) has identified this family as one of the poorest, in great need of food and other basic necessities.
With the help of generous donors, GHP provides a monthly food ration these 17 neediest families, in addition to the therapeutic feeding (with the supplement Plumpy’nut) of well over 100 children suffering from malnutrition. The problem of food insecurity is widely prevalent in this poverty-stricken region of eastern Kenya. Although most families are very poor, some are in more dire straits than others, such as the grandmothers who care for orphans whose parents often have died from AIDS.
This holiday season please consider adding to your past generous donations to GHP so that these poorest of families can be given a gift of extra food and clothing. The relief from the hunger and malnutrition can be provided by GHP very effectively and efficiently. Over 95% of the donations that are received by GHP go directly into program services!
Mwanzia was very thin and hungry when she was started on Plumpy’nut provided by the the Global Health Partnerships therapeutic feeding program. In fact, she was on the edge of survival. Thanks to your GlobalGiving donations, Mwanzia (shown in the photo with community health worker Mutinda) is growing and healthy. Over the past year 90 children like Mwanzia, all suffering from acute malnutrition, were treated and cured in the GHP therapeutic feeding program. Another 11 are improving and continuing to receive treatment.
Your generous support is what turns a child who is thin, undernourished and hungry into one who is healthy and thriving. With your help we will continue to provide relief from the hunger and malnutrition of the poorest families in Kenyan villages, effectively and efficiently.
Over 95% of the donations that we receive go directly into program services!
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!
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