For the past month I have been working at the project site, living in the village of
Kisesini 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 clinic
because 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 as
malnourished, so fluids were given (intravenous at first, then oral rehydration
solution). Antibiotics were also administered, since they have been shown in
studies to improve the survival of children with acute malnutrition. When she
able to eat the Plumpy’nut food supplements, she was sent home with a supply of
the packets, with close follow-up planned.
During the 3 months since the last project report, the therapeutic feeding program for children
with malnutrition has treated seven children with severe malnutrition, and 18
children with moderately severe malnutrition. Thanks to your generosity, all of
these children are being monitored with frequent check-ups to ensure full
recovery, as they receive their nutritious food supplements of Plumpy’nut and
Unimix. We are also continuing the feeding of the other 17 extremely poor families with monthly food rations.
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