In Rwanda, Lasting Solutions for Malnutrition
When 3-year-old Adeline Uwera was brought to Rwinkwavu District Hospital three years ago, she was pencil thin with sunken eyes and an extended stomach. It was immediately apparent that she was suffering from protein-malnutrition, or kwashiorkor.
Through a partnership with the Rwinkwavu District Hospital, Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB) provided medical treatment and food supplements to aid in her recovery.
Through its Food Security and Livelihood Program, PIH/IMB has now equipped more than 900 families with the knowledge and tools needed to grow their own nutrient-rich foods and make healthy eating choices. With your help, we were able to enroll 600 of these households in 2013 alone.
At Partners In Health project sites, clinicians and community health workers evaluate patients’ needs and identify those who require food support to improve the effectiveness of medications and alleviate the burden of hunger. Each month in Rwanda, more than 1,200 patients and their families receive food baskets filled with nutritious staples such as rice, beans, and vegetable oil.
You can help kids like Adeline get the healthful nutrition they need by contributing to our Gift That Gives More dedicated to providing a week of nourishing food for a needy Rwandan family.