Life-saving nutrition for very young children in Chad

‘I saw two of our recently discharged children for follow up today, they are both now receiving our peanut paste therapeutic food at home and are both doing really well. I am so thankful that we help these young children during this vulnerable time in their lives and we really couldn’t do it without your support.’
-Achta, Child Nutritionist, Guinebor II Hospital

In Chad, we partner with Guinebor II Hospital, just outside the capital N’Djamena, to save the lives of very young children by tackling chronic malnutrition.

Arid and semi-desert in the north and more fertile in the south, Chad is a nation whose people face acute poverty, instability and violence. Many struggle to get enough nutritious food or to access healthcare. Very young children are highly vulnerable to malnutrition, with 1 in 25 dying of it before their fifth birthday. Those who survive can go on to have lifelong health problems.

That’s why MAI is supporting Guinebor II Hospital to make improvements to young children’s nutrition which will save lives and transform health outcomes for years to come. 

Give now to help a malnourished child

What your generosity will make possible:

Just £25 can ensure that a child with acute malnutrition receives a four weeks’ supply of life-saving food made up of peanut paste, vitamins, and other vital ingredients.

The team at the hospital make the nutrition pots and give them to mothers. They also give them basic training and advice on how to make healthy food for their children.

1. Reducing anaemia in pregnant mothers. Almost half of all pregnant women in Chad are iron deficient, so the Guinebor II team provide free iron and folate supplements. This cuts the risk of mothers developing sepsis or having premature or critically underweight babies.

2. Promoting breastfeeding. Most mothers in Chad give their babies water rather     than exclusively breastfeeding. It’s perhaps understandable in such a hot country, but it’s a practice that costs lives. The team are supporting mothers to start breastfeeding immediately after birth and continue for the first six months of their baby’s life. This gives the baby the very best start in life and protects the mother from getting pregnant again too quickly.

3. Offering complementary feeding. The Hospital provides acutely malnourished children with specially formulated, energy-dense food designed to help them gain weight swiftly and safely.

Your gift today will help give young children the nutrients they need to live healthy lives

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