Malnutrition in infants and under 5 children is very common in African societies, and is usually due to poverty, ignorance and harmful social practices and beliefs. It is a leading cause of childhood mortality in Africa.
Little Chinecherem was brought to Marycare health center by his mother on account of fever and diarrhea. At one year and five months, he was weighing 8kg. The hospital staff were able to resuscitate him and also educate the mother on how to provide adequate nutrition for her children with available local foodstuffs.
The last picture shows Chinecherem at the health center a week later, showing marked improvement, weighing 9.5kg.
This is one out of several malnutrition cases seen at the clinic every week. It would not have been possible to provide any assistance to these children and their parents especially in a community that depended on local medicine vendors for their healthcare without the support of Marycare and their donors.
Chinecherem and other children like him can play today because of your generosity .