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.
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