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Food aid at acute malnutrition clinics give new life to the most vulnerable

Following reports of alarming rates of malnutrition in eastern Ethiopia, World Vision worked with communities to open clinics for treatment of malnourished children. Here are the stories of three young children transformed by the clinic’s life-saving interventions.

April 2010



Hindi is grateful that her daughter, Sambontu, 1, is getting better, thanks to nutritional support from World Vision.
Hindi is grateful that her daughter, Sambontu, 1, is getting better, thanks to nutritional support from World Vision.
Photo ©2009 Paul Bettings/World Vision

Hindi Abduraman patiently waits under a tree to have her 1-year-old daughter, Sambontu, weighed and measured by World Vision’s health workers. Before being treated at the health clinic, “she was sick and very thin,” recalls Hindi. “She wasn’t even able to move around or crawl.”

Other toddlers waiting with Sambontu are eerily quiet — too sick to make a sound.

Following reports of alarming rates of malnutrition in eastern Ethiopia, World Vision worked to open clinics where hundreds of malnourished children have been treated.

‘My daughter is getting better’

Eight treatment areas were set up in remote areas, with medication and supplies carried on donkey back for hours through the mountains.

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Hindi props Sambontu up on her lap, coaxing the little girl to eat the weekly ration of Plumpy’nut® the family receives from World Vision. Plumpy’nut® is a nutrient-rich, peanut-based paste fortified with milk and vitamins for children in delicate nutritional states.

“Only after taking the Plumpy’nut® did she start moving slowly again,” says Hindi. “I am happy now because of the help here. My daughter is getting better.”

Abdula’s story: ‘I was so scared he would die’

Abdula, 5, is one of the many children showing signs of recovery from desperate malnutrition after a visit to World Vision's health clinic.
Abdula, 5, is one of the many children showing signs of recovery from desperate malnutrition after a visit to World Vision's health clinic.
Photo ©2009 Paul Bettings/World Vision
Inside the clinic, 5-year-old Abdula’s fragile body is slowly recovering from malnutrition. The swelling in his face, arms, and legs brought on by the lack of food has now receded, and most of his pain is gone.

“I was so scared he would die,” recalls Fatuma Mohamed, Abdula’s mother. She cares for four children on her own since her husband passed away nearly two years ago.

“There are times when we don’t even have Enjera (local bread that is the staple of diets) to eat,” laments Fatuma as she rubs Abdula’s hand.

“Had this program not been running, children would have died,” remarks Dereje Regassa, World Vision’s area program coordinator. “There was no other option for those families.”

Asfaw’s story: ‘He started to feel better fast’

Asfaw's family received nutritional food aid and agricultural support to increase yields on their farm to help overcome hunger over the long term.
Asfaw's family received nutritional food aid and agricultural support to increase yields on their farm to help overcome hunger over the long term.
Photo ©2009 Paul Bettings/World Vision
Asfaw is only 18 months old, but he has already experienced hunger no child should have to endure. “He was very thin and his hair was falling out. We didn’t think he would live,” says his mother, Enat Desalegn.

Asfaw was treated for two months through the local clinic, receiving Plumpy’nut® each week and nutritional training for his mother.

Additionally, World Vision provided Asfaw’s mother with three months worth of food.

“When he started eating the food, he started to feel better fast,” Enat explains. “He was treated for about two months. At first he only ate a bit, but then he was eating up to five times through the day.”

A bright future

Another malnourished child receives treatment at a World Vision clinic.
Another malnourished child receives treatment at a World Vision clinic.
Photo ©2009 Paul Bettings/World Vision
World Vision’s health clinics work alongside sponsorship to make a difference. Sponsored children receive school books and supplies. Families receive agricultural support and training to increase yields on their small farms.

“We see a bright future for the community,” concludes World Vision’s Dereje.

“I am from a household just like these. When I see families like this, I want to see them out of that situation. I work to help people stand on their own.”

Learn more


>> Read more about global hunger and World Vision’s efforts to bring relief to children, families, and communities who are suffering because of it.

Four ways you can help

>> Praise God for the healing of children like Sambontu, Abdula, and Asfaw, who once were on the brink of death because of extreme malnutrition. Pray for World Vision’s efforts to bring relief to other children who face the same situation.
>> Donate now to help provide life-saving food and care to children suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Your gift will multiply six times in impact to deliver critical interventions like emergency food, agricultural support, and more to those in greatest need.
>> Sponsor a child in Ethiopia. Your love and support for a child in need will help provide him or her with life-giving essentials like nutritious food, clean water, healthcare, education, and more.
>> Contact your members of Congress. Ask them to support the Global Food Security Act, which would contribute toward reducing global hunger by investing in sustainable agriculture and nutrition programs.

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Learn more

Read more about global hunger and World Vision’s efforts to bring relief to children, families, and communities who are suffering because of it.

Four ways you can help

Praise God for the healing of children like Sambontu, Abdula, and Asfaw, who once were on the brink of death because of extreme malnutrition. Pray for World Vision’s efforts to bring relief to other children who face the same situation.
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Donate now to help provide life-saving food and care to children suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Your gift will multiply six times in impact to deliver critical interventions like emergency food, agricultural support, and more to those in greatest need.
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Sponsor a child in Ethiopia. Your love and support for a child in need will help provide him or her with life-giving essentials like nutritious food, clean water, healthcare, education, and more.
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Contact your members of Congress. Ask them to support the Global Food Security Act, which would contribute toward reducing global hunger by investing in sustainable agriculture and nutrition programs.

 





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