Severe Acute Malnutrition Program
Nyahuka Health Center
The children pictured above are just a few of my SAM kids. Thankfully they are all showing signs of hope. They are responding positively to their nutrition therapy. Many have been at the health center raging from 5 days to 3 weeks. They are all close to reaching their 15% weight gain which is needed in order to be discharged.
Ronex (above) is another victim of malnutrition. We treated him for about a week, but he never responded to the nutrition therapy. He was positive for both HIV and TB. His body just wasn't strong enough to fight for life. Yesterday upon arriving at the health center I noticed that his bed was bare and there was no evidence left behind. After inquiring the details from the other mothers, they informed me that he passed away during the night. The mother has lost her husband to AIDS and has now lost her son. This is common... Too common.
Fatama (left) is the aunt of Lowrence (above). These two precious babies are only 2 weeks apart. Fatama's mother is about 35 years old and her oldest daughter was 15 years old. Both Her and her daughter were pregnant at the same time. Unfortunately her daughter died a few weeks after giving birth to Lowrence whom is now 5 1/2 months old. Fatama at 6 months old is only 3.925 kg (8 1/2 lbs) and Lowrence, 3.8 kg. The mother of Fatama/grandmother of Lowrence is now taking care of them both, like twins. I have been spending some extra time with these beauties. Please pray with me that they continue to gain weight and continue to grow. Also pray that Christ will reveal himself to the mother, who is a Muslim. We have shared the gospel with her, but she will not accept it.