Provide Lifesaving Plumpy'Nut in Horn of Africa

 
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Jun 5, 2012

A post from Ethiopia: Plumpy'Nut for Bethlehem

A community health worker in Ethiopia
A community health worker in Ethiopia

In April, I had the opportunity to attend a nutrition workshop in Ethiopia, in the heart of the Horn of Africa. It was organized by Nutriset, the inventor of Plumpy'Nut. As part of the experiential learning experience, a group of us visited a maternal/child health clinic in Addis Ababa. It was an opportunity for us to see how Plumpy'Nut is integrated into the community health programs.

The group first visited an exam room where children get checked for signs of severe acute malnutrition. While we were there, a little patient arrived, holding the hand of her mother: a two-year-old girl named Bethlehem. This energetic little girl with short hair and big, sweet eyes was wearing a jumper dress with bright chartreuse green tights and ruby red shoes. 

We watched the doctor measure Bethlehem's weight-to-height ratio and the circumference of her mid-upper arm. The values were noted in her medical history. The doctor showed me in the large resister how after eight weeks of Plumpy’Nut, Bethlehem had successfully climbed out of danger into the normal range for growth. She would only need one more prescription of  Plumpy’Nut—another 14-day supply. Everyone in the room was smiling. Bethlehem’s mother said, in her native Amharic, that she couldn't believe how much her daughter loved eating Plumpy’Nut.

Once outside in the clinic’s courtyard, I watched Bethlehem playing around her mother’s skirt, while they waited in line to have the Plumpy'Nut prescription filled by the clinic's pharmacists. Since I did not have my camera with me, I could not take photos of Bethlehem. Instead, I did my best to memorize the bounce in her step. I could barely take my eyes off the playful movement of her ruby red shoes. I wondered where those feet would carry her in life, now that the community health workers and Plumpy’Nut had made her healthy again.

Comments:
  • Robyn
    Robyn That Has Made My Day....From my trials and tribulations in my world this is nothing to their world. I'm so pleased to know that my contribution towards Plumpy'Nut is helping someone and how knows where their feet will carry them - hopefully to a beautiful place. My kindest regards, Robyn McLoghlin
    • 2 years ago
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  • Heidi
    Heidi Thank you Robyn for your kind note and for your support. We couldn't achieve these miracles for children like Bethlehem without people like you!
    • 2 years ago
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