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!