Thankfully, Alaa was admitted to our ‘Outpatient Therapeutic Programme’ (OTP). The programme is a central facet of Concern’s nutrition work, which enables malnourished children to receive the treatment they need in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes. Hamida received a week’s supply of therapeutic food to give to her child. The food comes in the form of sachets of peanut paste, which are packed full of the nutrients and calories that children like Alaa need to get better.
In the first week, Alaa’s recovery was slow as Hamida had to coax him into eating the sachets.
“The first week he did not eat much and I had to motivate him. But slowly, my child started eating well”, she explained.
After that, Alaa’s health began to rapidly improve. Hamida was greatly relieved to watch him recover within just one month.
That was not the end of Hamida's involvement with Concern’s nutrition programme. Alaa continued to receive treatment for another month, to ensure the stability of his recovery and Hamida took part in training provided through the programme. She discovered that Alaa had become malnourished due to lactation problems and a lack of nutrients in her own diet. Through the training, she was able to learn how to keep herself and her children well-nourished through a varied diet and also the importance of good hygiene in staying healthy and well.
The value of information and knowledge cannot be underestimated when it comes to the prevention of hunger.