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Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)
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Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
"Ram" at discharge
"Ram" at discharge

At 22-months-old, “Ram” - suffering from severe diarrhea and pneumonia - was rushed to NYF’s Nutrition Rehabilitation Home (NRH) in Lalitpur. He was crying inconsolably - and was so ill and malnourished he couldn’t even stand on his own.

Ram needed 24/7 care at the NRH, but his worried mother was under pressure from her husband to come home: he was skeptical of healthcare, and didn’t understand how severe the circumstances were.

The concerned staff at the NRH met with both of Ram’s parents to discuss their sick child’s deteriorating health. They went over the potentially fatal consequences of sending Ram home without care, and explained in detail how the specialized treatment process could save their little boy. Ram’s father finally understood, and, reassured, agreed to let his wife and Ram stay at the NRH to receive care.

Within 26 days, Ram gained over 5 Ibs. His diarrhea was eradicated, and his pneumonia treated. Now a happy and healthy boy, he was officially discharged.

At the NRH, Ram's mother learned about nutrition, good hygiene, and how to grow and prepare local, healthy food. When she and Ram left for home, his mother thanked the NRH staff for all that they did to heal her baby. She was excited to share with other village mothers her new knowledge about keeping children healthy.

Thanks to your support, malnourished children like Ram are rehabilitated every single day. We - and they - are so incredibly thankful for friends like you.

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"Suman" when he was discharged from the NRH
"Suman" when he was discharged from the NRH

Six-year-old “Suman” was brought to one of NYF’s Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes (NHRs) in a dreadful condition. His ribs clearly visible, he weighed only 20.7 lb – well under half of what an average six-year-old boy should weigh.

Suman could not even stand on his own. He suffered from rickets, a bone disorder caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate – a result of his severe malnutrition.

This was a challenging case. Suman required healthy foods and good nutrition, but his bones were too fragile to support any immediate gain in weight. NRH staff carefully devised a treatment plan, designed specifically for Suman, so he could safely gain enough weight to receive proper medical care at a hospital.

We are happy to report that after putting on enough weight, Suman was recently discharged from the hospital. He returned home in high spirits – and we’re so thankful to our donors for helping to make that possible!

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Outreach camp in progress
Outreach camp in progress

In Nepal, poor nutrition contributes to more than half of all child deaths. Malnutrition is a serious issue, but thanks to your support, it can be readily addressed through education and treatment. 

One highlight of NYF’s nutrition programs this quarter was the success of our outreach camps. These camps are designed to help us “go on the road” by providing life-saving interventions to isolated and rural communities. Each two to three day camp reaches 500-800 children and their caregivers.  

This quarter, 2,262 children and caregivers attended the camps. Through nutritional screenings and general health check ups, 711 children were found to be malnourished. Minor cases were treated on the spot with medicine and dietary supplements, while more serious patients were taken to our Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes to receive more intensive care. By the end of the camp, over 1900 caretakers had also participated in nutritional education sessions.

Thank you for making this possible!

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Then: Tara restored to health in the early days
Then: Tara restored to health in the early days

Your donation to save a child from life-threatening malnutrition can be matched by GlobalGiving's Little by Little Matching campaign until this Friday, April 12!

Over 20 years ago...at 22 months “Tara” was among the first children to receive lifesaving treatment at a Nutrition Rehabilitation Home (NRH). Before 1998, malnutrition may have ended her life. Thankfully, timely support like yours helped restore Tara’s health and taught her mother how to keep their family well-nourished.

With continued help from people around the world, NYF has built 17 NRHs where more than 20,000 children like Tara have received a second chance. Malnutrition can be remarkably simple to address in Nepal with treatment and education using local foods. Just $350 (less than $1 a day) can save a child’s life in 3 weeks.

In 20 years, NYF has built 17 NRHs, successfully transitioning 15 of them to the Nepali government after 5 years of operations. Our first flagship Kathmandu NRH remains our permanent treatment, training, and monitoring center, and NRH-17 is in its 3rd year.

This past quarter, the two NRHs directly operated by NYF admitted 39 children, and 41 children were discharged with improved health (including a few children continuing from the previous month). NYF’s Kathmandu NRH took these lifesaving services and education “on the road” to remote villages, additionally reaching 796 children and 530 caregivers.

It is the generosity you share that makes it all possible. And if you make a gift by this Friday, it can be matched, helping NYF support even more desperately malnourished children in need.

Thank you. Dhanyabad!

Lifesaving treatment continues 20+ years later
Lifesaving treatment continues 20+ years later

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Healthy Sanjowk
Healthy Sanjowk

Seventeen-month old “Sanjowk” – skinny, pale, and undoubtedly ill – was rushed to the front of the health screening line at the August 22nd 2018 Nutrition Outreach Camp in Sindhupalchowk.   He weighed only 16 pounds and was 28 inches tall – the size of an average 9 month old baby in the US.  

At the pediatrician checkup, little Sanjowk and his mother were referred to the closest Nutrition Rehabilitation Home (NRH) for free immediate treatment.

During the NRH intake process, he was diagnosed with severe Anemia (Iron Deficiency), and nutritionists learned that Sanjowk’s diet consisted of mostly rice with some lentils.  

He was carefully fed a doctor-prescribed diet (local foods including milk, fruits, and green leafy vegetables). While he stayed longer than the average three weeks, in 54 days he reached normal weight.  He was no longer anemic and his mood and health completely transformed.

At the same time Sanjowk’s mother also learned about nutrition and the importance of fruits and leafy vegetables for keeping her family healthy. At discharge, his mother happily shared I did not know I could fed leafy vegetables and citrus fruits to the children, I had heard that such food caused cold for the children. Now I realize these are the real medicines for the children”.

While malnutrition is a serious problem in Nepal, with your support, it can be easy to address and makes a tremendous difference. Thank you!

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Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Location: Sausalito, California - USA
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Julie Pofsky
Associate Director of Development
Sausalito, CA United States
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