Village: Assaou.Maman Lumiere, or Mother Light, is a community-based program to manage malnutrition. The program measures all children in the village under the age of two using a simple Mid-Upper Arm Circumference device that measures the childs growth. If a child is identified as under-or malnourished, their mothers are invited to participate in the Maman Lumiere program. .The groups are led by community-selected Mothers of Light, or mentor moms, who host these daily meetings that double as daily feedings for the children. Eight recipes that introduce simple nutritional infusions to ingredients are introduced through the program. After the two-week period, the mothers take the recipes with them. .
We watched as Moms and kids learned and tasted the various recipes under a tree
Mother: Zeinabou Labo, 40.Daughter: Shoukuriya, 1 year 3 mos.Zeinabou was born here in (XXXX). She is now 40 and married to a farmer. She introduces us to her daughter, Shoukouriya, whose bright eyes are now listless as she looks at the world around her. Shoukouriya has been sick for two weeks. She has been to the clinic in the village, and on to a more central clinic elsewhere. .She wears the red ankle bracelet that indicates she has had a diagnosis of acute malnutrition, but we dont need to see the anklet to know that this little girl is in danger of becoming stunted, which means low height for age, which generally occurs before age two, with irreversible effects. Stunted children suffer permanent disability and impaired cognitive function. For stunted children, it is already too late. .Her mother says that even traditional medicines have not had an effect on Shoukouriya. .Shoukouriya has had a heavy cough since she was born. At one year and nine months, Shoukouriya used to speak baby words, but now she does not speak. Her mother says she used to be happy and smile, but now she is somber. She used to run and play with her siblings, but now she is too weak to even crawl. .Her seven brothers and sisters miss playing with her, they were used to her running with them and wish they could have that back. .
Background .Situated in the Sahel region of West Africa, Niger has contended with the effects of climate change for years. For the last several years, rain has been scarce, but people planted their crops anyway. Drought prevented much of them from reaching maturity before the rainy season came. When it did, it washed away what the people here were counting on: food through the next planting season -M.K. Wilson - CARE
CARE has worked through out Niger for three decades and is trying to help communities through a variety of programs.
Stunting, or low height for age, is caused by long-term insufficient nutrient intake and frequent infections. Stunting generally occurs before age two, and effects are largely irreversible. These include delayed motor development, impaired cognitive function and poor school performance. Nearly one third of children under five in the developing world are stunted.
Wasting, or low weight for height, is a strong predictor of mortality among children under five. It is usually the result of acute significant food shortage and/or disease. There are 24 developing countries with wasting rates of 10 per cent or more, indicating a serious problem urgently requiring a response. UNICEF 2007
Photos by Josh Estey/CARE
Shoukuriya je pouze jedna z milionů dětí, kterým nemohou rodiče poskytnot dostatek kvalitní potravy. Pro děti mladší dvou let má přitom podvýživa ničivý a mnohdy nevratný dopad na fyzický i kognitivní vývoj. Jinými slovy nedostatek jídla těmto dětem ovlivní celý život.
CARE usiluje o to, aby dívky jako Shoukuriya měly nejen co jíst, ale aby se smály, byly veselé a mohly se řádně vyvíjet – bez Vás to ale nezvládneme. Společně můžeme zajistit, aby každé dítě mělo šanci vyrůst a žít život bez hladovění.
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