Feed hungry children in Kenya

by Global Health Partnerships Inc
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Feed hungry children in Kenya
Mwanzia with CHW Mutinda
Mwanzia with CHW Mutinda

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!

Child holding his Plumpy'nut package
Child holding his Plumpy'nut package
Recovering from malnutrition
Recovering from malnutrition
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Baby Kuvuthi
Baby Kuvuthi

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.  

Grandmother caring for Nndunge's baby
Grandmother caring for Nndunge's baby
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Wambua with malnutrition and rickets
Wambua with malnutrition and rickets

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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Regina
Regina

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!

Beatrice
Beatrice
A family receiving food with your help
A family receiving food with your help
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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!

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Global Health Partnerships Inc

Location: Albuquerque, NM - USA
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Angelo Tomedi
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