… and their weights recorded. We now have the help of two health centre staff, as well as one woman, Matilde, who is paid for the day. Lauren helped enormously with this and the education films – as well as working for WHO. We really are very grateful and hope to see her here again soon. This is was Petrona last year (I sent you pictures of her in January). We didn’t think she would survive. This is Petrona now, recovered and with her cleft palate operated on by US surgeons in Antigua. It was good to be able to tell this mother that her child will also be able to have the surgery once she has been on the programme for a few months and is stronger. This 22-year-old mother arrived at the centre asking for Incaparina for her child. Normally she would have had to be referred by a doctor or health worker, but in her case we made an exception. Her husband had died suddenly three weeks earlier. The shock stopped the milk for her 4-day-old baby, and she had been left with no money to buy any, nor feed herself or her other child. This child, new to the programme, has normal weight only because of swelling, but shows the scalp sores symptomatic of malnutrition.
The next Incaparina distribution will be end October.
Later this month I will meet with health centre staff to review
weights, etc. A couple of children’s weights hadn’t increased.
It seems they are fed nothing but the Incaparina, since there
is no money to buy them food, which is why they ended up
on the programme in the first place. We will also be looking
at a strategy to deal with these cases.
Thank you, as ever, for your support.