The first one thousand days is a very important stage for fighting chronic malnutrition. During this window much of a child’s development occurs (the development of the brain and major organ systems). Subsequently this window of development is closed, and not much can be done to reverse the results to growth and development that has occurred. Children at this stage who are chronically malnourished hit developmental milestones far behind their non-stunted peers, score lower on verbal reasoning and are more prone to infectious disease. This window during infancy, this infamous “thousand days”, is very small. So small and so fragile, in fact, that many members of the global health community consider it the do or break period for a child.
Because of your continued support, children like Valerie are spared these serious stunted developmental results. MacheoUS is very grateful for your kind consideration to our cause.
Anne Thompson and the Macheo team
From the Field...
How your support transformed Valarie's life.
Valerie* is the last born in a family of 3 children. Her father is a casual labourer that does odd jobs to feed his family while her mother has a small embroidery business. We met Valarie during the Covid 19 pandemic period when casual jobs were inaccessible and her mother's business had vastly deteriorated. During the assessment, Valerie was 18 months old weighing 39 pounds her height was 2' 6" with moderate acute malnutrition.Valerie's parents would barely afford food for their household. Her mother, June*, had no knowledge of nutrition and was discouraged to see her daughter unhealthy.
At first sight, Valerie was very irritable and would cry a lot. She had no appetite and would eat little to no food. She was taken to the hospital where she was diagnosed with malnutrition. Her parents first received a cash transfer from Macheo that enabled them to purchase all the dietary supplements required, as well as food for their household. June also received nutrition education to help her better care for Valerie and her siblings. She ensured that Valarie started eating healthy nutritious food as well as taking her dietary supplements. Valarie began to recover as continuous follow-ups and home visits were done.
Valerie has fully recovered and is feeding well. She loves to play with her siblings and enjoys walking around her compound with her neighbouring friends. Through the cash transfer, June was able to restore the embroidery business that is helping her to care for her family’s needs. Her husband also helps out with family expenses as he is no longer in lack of casual jobs. They are grateful for the support they received through Macheo especially seeing their daughter Valerie happy and healthy. Valerie has hope for a better future because of your support.
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