This is Annnf. she has been admitted to the malnutrition unit along with her sister and brother. She is 3 and a half years old and weighs only 13 pounds. This photo was taken on 5th May and shows her first steps. For me it is always a beautiful moment when a child begains to walk. My expression in this picture will be her joy in a week or so when she gets stronger
Bano, is 2 years old and weighs 11 pounds in this image. When she came into us she was almost on her last breaths just 10 minutes later and her life would have been no more. Oxygen was started and intravenous fluids. Very careful care and feeding is making her well.She is simply and perfectly a child.
21 July. This is little Bano today, she pulled througn, ready at a moments opportunity to show her childs spirit. life is life, precious and perfect!
Little Tinku. We found him, or he found us, who can say, at our mobile clinic in a critical condition. He was rushed to our hospital where he was put on oxygen and received a blood transfusion. He is 1 year old and weighs just 12 pounds. His little body was saying “no more” and giving up. We said “more”. One more day and it would have been too late. He was granted this day and so life. He has made a full recovery. Well done us.
She was suffering from severe malnutrition: look at her tiny legs, she is just skin and bone. Happily for us, and her, she was not sick when she came to us. Through a two week stay in our unit of very very careful feeding and education, she was discharged from our unit well. With a follow up program lasting 6 months she was discharged completely from us. Well done us!
Dear Reena, she was and i am sure is still a feisty one! When we came upon her she was severely malnurished Our first aim is to treat a the child at home if possible, and only the severest cases are admitted to our unit. We provide supplementary food support for a period and then teach the family about managing the money they have for food every day. We teach them about healthy cheap food options, and about ways of cooking that keep the most nutritional value. Our health workers are all Indian women and much of this is knowledge that has been lost through the generations (sound familiar?). Reena’s Grandmother died about two weeks after this photo was taken and the children left the state to join their parents who were in another state looking for work and sending money home every month. Because of the time we had with Reena to make her strong we are sure Reena is being as determined as ever.
Reena after 3 months of medical care and nutritional supplements.
Regina received assistance for breast-feeding.
Because of lack of food her mother had virtually no breast milk. We supplied Regina with milk powder for 4 months until she started to take solid food. Our follow up program saw her doing well and the cost of all treatment was about 50 Euro.
We met Priya when she was 7 years old and weighed 8 kg.
Priya had a nutritional deficiency causing partial blindness and rickets (rachitis), something that was very common Ireland up to 40 or 50 years ago. She is fully cured now.
When we met Jothu he was two and a half and weighed just 4.5kg. The normal weight for a child of that age is 8.5 kg. He was suffering from severe malnutrition and we feared for his life.
Let me tell you a short story: The Varanasi Children’s Hospital is the only malnutrition center in the state of Uttar Pradesh. This is the largest state in India, with a population of 180 million people and it is widely regarded as one of the poorest. We set up the unit according to UNICEF guidelines and training and we remain the only malnutrition center for the city of Varanasi. On the Friday before Jothu arrived, we got the last of the three required government ministers to grant permission to allow us to take referrals from government workers.
On Sunday morning, little Jothu was turned away from 3 government hospitals. Fortunately a government worker sent him to us. He was critically ill, almost on his last breath. 10 or 15 minutes more and he would have been no more. With proper treatment Jothu survived and is gaining strength.
Pat Mc Mahon describes his first meeting with Tiza.
“Tiza was the first malnourished child who I had seen ever seen and I cried so much. I saw something, a little being that defied all my logical senses of right and wrong and how terribly wrong things could actually be. It was at that moment that our hospital was expanded to include the malnutrition that we run today.”