Concern Worldwide, a company limited by guarantee, Registered Company Number: 39647, Registered Revenue Number: CHY 5745,
Registered Charity Number: 20009090, Registered in Ireland,
Registered address is 52 – 55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2.
Phone: +353 1 417 7700
Reaching malnourished children
As part of the emergency response in Haiti, we’re running a number of nutrition programmes aimed at reaching the poorest and most vulnerable people. The European Commission provided funding of €1m to support the running of these programmes, which are now reaching over 6,000 children.
The state hospital in Port-au-Prince, supported by Concern, provides 24 hour care for 19 severely malnourished infants. Children who are too sick to eat are fed by drip before moving to milk and then plumpynut. The average stay is two weeks, but this varies and can extend to six weeks. Once healthy enough to leave, babies are enrolled in the outpatient programme and are seen weekly. Despite the physical limitations, no child is ever turned away.
For those children that are well enough to be seen on a weekly basis, we run an out-patient therapeutic clinic in the camp at Place de la Paix. Around 40 children are seen here every day, some of whom have been released from the ward mentioned above.
A nurse examines the children measuring weight, length, appetite, temperature, heart rate, respiration and skin condition. This information is recorded weekly and monitored. Advice is given to parents on how to prevent vomiting and diarrhoea. Each child is provided with a week’s supply of plumpynut. The quantity depends on the child’s weight, with an 11kg infant receiving 35 packets, allowing for 4.5 per day.
Leshie Jolita is here at the clinic with her 22-month-old daughter Sheliva and her 11 year old daughter. Sheliva’s condition has already improved dramatically. She has gone from being barely able to move to sitting up and eating plumpynut and even briefly managed a smile for the visitors to the clinic.
Things are improving, but there is still a long way to go.