Untreated PKU, an inherited disorder that prevents the breakdown of foods containing protein, leads to irreversible brain damage. To treat PKU children must follow a strict low phenylalanine diet and drink a special medical food mix daily. Due to COVID19, economic & political barriers, children living in Gaza and the West Bank have no access to special low protein supplements. Parents have no choice but to feed their child the only food they can obtain, knowing it is causing them brain damage.
Please help send medical food to every PKU child in Gaza & the West Bank to provide all the other amino acids that are needed in the diet, the backbone of medical treatment for PKU. Your donation will deliver medical formula to the children, teach their parents how to make healthy meals, and hold workshops online to educate local doctors, in partnership. Each child needs approx. 6 cans of medical food/mo ongoing. With a total of some 617 children, 3702 cans of medical food are needed each month.
Proper treatment of PKU prevents mental retardation and institutionalization of children. The supplemental formula truly is life saving for these children and their families. With a low protein diet and the proper amounts of medical food formula on a daily basis, PKU children develop normally, and grow into healthy, productive, contributing members of society. What that means for a child, a family, a community, for Palestine, and the world is invaluable.
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