Program - One Year On
from a year’s worth of data.
vaccinated each year at our clinic. Vaccines for mumps, measles,
rubella, chicken pox, polio, and tetanus are all provided free of charge
by the Chadian government in collaboration with the World Health
Organization (WHO), CDC, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
our first 12-months of feeding malnourished kids, 88 children ages 1 to
2 – or about 20% of the kids vaccinated – came back to the clinic,
qualifying as malnourished by the criteria of the WHO.
of those we saw - 60% - qualified as “Severely Malnourished”
by the WHO criteria (a measurement of the child’s upper arm
circumference). We provide them medical treatment and enriched feeding
mix free of charge. For the moderately malnourished, we charge
only a minimal fee which gives us a reasonable way to limit the number
of children we are feeding.
sadly, 30% of these mothers whose children qualified as severely
malnourished did not make the effort to return and take advantage of our
free medical treatment and feeding program.
rate. Of those
who followed our treatment program at all 60% improved, most
moving up to moderately malnourished, and some to not even malnourished
so much malnutrition? We see ignorance as the biggest culprit.
Mothers don’t know:
are very important.
or when to ween a child.
left untreated for even one day can kill your child.
diarrhea can zap a child in just a few days.
need to eat small amounts very frequently.
child is a person created in the image of God, and not disposable.
for a child is a responsibility that God has entrusted to us.
all children become malnourished
Women line up outside our clinic to get their babies vaccinated
those become severely malnourished
mothers of severely malnourished kids drop out and don’t take
advantage of the free medicine and feeding mix
those who stick with it,