By Angelo Tomedi - Project Director & President of GHP
Naomi when she was found by the GHP team
Naomi’s mother was pregnant and she had stopped breast feeding when our team found her with the assistance of a volunteer community health worker (CHW). Naomi’s diet consisted of mostly a corn meal porridge that was not enough to maintain her growth and development. The CHW, who was trained by Global Health Partnerships (GHP), recognized Naomi’s severely malnourished state and she was started on Plumpy’nut in our therapeutic feeding program. Thanks to your GlobalGiving donations, Naomi (shown in the photos) is now a healthy, normal well-nourished child.
Child hunger and malnutrition is a common problem in the poverty-stricken semi-arid region of eastern Kenya where GHP has established a therapeutic feeding program. Many of these children would die from poor nutrition and infection if treatment is not started. The first step is to identify the children who need treatment in the isolated villages. GHP has trained a network of volunteer village CHWs who weigh and measure the children, and help arrange treatment with Plumpy’nut or Unimix (a fortified corn-soy supplement used for less malnourished children). CHWs can also monitor child growth to assess the response to the treatment program.
Your generous support allows us to continue this successful program and save the lives of children in the poorest families in the Kenyan villages. Over 95% of the donations that we receive go directly into program services!
Naomi in March 2011 after treatment in GHP program
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