Senahu Nutrition Program

by | Sep 3, 2009 | Medical Expeditions | 0 comments

I don’t know if you have heard yet from Lauren, but we were together in Senahu
for the Incaparina distribution last week. It was pretty tough… Passing through
San Nicolas we were stopped by one of the mothers carrying a
small child with severe burns all over its torso. We took them to meet the
ambulance, and then in Senahu came a family whose toddler daughter had also
badly burnt her arm the day before. They walked for five hours through the mountains
to pick up their Incaparina, and then took her to the health centre for treatment.
Protecting children from accidents around the fire is definitely something we will be
including in the health education films…

This time the distribution took place in the town’s maternal centre
(one room). Next time we have been promised use of a larger
facility where we won’t have to all get wet in the rain.

All the children were weighed…

… 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.


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