Malnutrition, a preventable and curable disease, affects one in five children in Uganda. Whether it is moderate or severe, this condition makes children more susceptible to infections and prevents normal growth and mental development. Suubi medical centre is working to eradicate childhood malnutrition using a” treat, teach, and grow” approach, we are taking aim at this deadly disease.
We run malnutrition programs at Suubi medical centre. We would like our Ugandan physicians and nurses to identify children who are moderately or severely malnourished and follow these children weekly, providing them with daily supplements of a high-calorie soya-based supplement. Severely ill children are admitted to our medical centre until they are well enough to be enrolled in our program. Our program seeks to treat 100 severely malnourished children each year, but the need is much greater. Even as the children of one community grow healthier as the program succeeds, outreach is identifying more and more malnourished children from other remote communities near Busu village that suffer from severe food shortages.
We hope to continue to expand the number of villages, the number of children we treat, and the number of families we educate about nutrition.
Families are critical partners in Suubi medical centres efforts to fight malnutrition. We want to educate families about appropriate nutrition and teach them how to prepare healthy food with clean water. This education spreads through the community, touching many more lives.
Professional education and equipment:
Ensuring that our Ugandan medical staff at Suubi medical centre have both the training and adequate equipment for our programs is a critical part of what we do. Our malnutrition program requires our Suubi medical centre staff to have a full understanding of both the causes and treatment of moderate and severe malnutrition. We are looking for partners who can help us make certain that our malnutrition centre has to work on accurate scales and height measurement tools. To ensure that each child is progressing properly, our medical director reviews all the children regularly.
The Malnutrition Center
While families struggle to survive off less than $2 US per day, too many Ugandan children suffer from chronic, as well as acute malnutrition. Nearly one-third of all children under the age of five in rural areas where we work suffer from stunted growth. More than 100,000 children in Uganda suffer from acute malnutrition.
Symptoms of malnutrition can be seen in children whose little bodies become bloated or emaciated due to a lack of nutrients. Their hair also turns red and brittle.
We want to start a Malnutrition program, each parent would receive education, great medical care and lots of nourishing food for their babies and toddlers.
With Uganda’s food crisis growing our Malnutrition program would serve more malnourished babies and toddlers. So, we began to “have a dream” of a new Malnutrition Clinic, with the best of doctors and everything we would need to save little lives.
The Suubi Malnutrition Center will offer early childhood vaccinations and monitors the height and weight of each child. Additionally, we will provide temporary accommodation for the mother and child to support the child’s healing, as well as specialized food and care to save their lives.
Each family will receive food to take home to ensure proper growth and development in between appointments at our clinic.
There is always joy when we see growth, weight-gain and overall improvement in the young children we serve.
Please, help us meet nutrition goals for the least of these.
Recent covid19 restrictions and lockdown in Uganda, coupled with the environmental conditions that make it difficult for people to grow or buy their own food has affected Uganda’s malnutrition rates in children. As we focus on the long-term prevention of malnutrition, we invite you to stand with us to advocate for and promote nutritious diets through our malnutrition centre program.