Children become malnourished if they eat less than their bodies need to grow and remain healthy.
Some children become severely malnourished and are at great risk of dying. These children need urgent and specialist care such as that provided by a Therapeutic Feeding Centre (TFC).
The first Catholic Therapeutic Feeding Centre was opened in August 2009 on the outskirts of Madina.
Children with malnourishment are miserable, lethargic, and often have underlying infections, such as malaria or pneumonia. These children require regular fortified feeds throughout the day and night, and antibiotics are given to treat infections. As the children get better, they become more active and they gain weight.
The feeding centre provides inpatient care for up to 12-15 children (with their mothers or carers) at any given time. The centre is staffed by a team of dedicated nurses who live close by.
HelpMadina has given a commitment to pay for all the medication that the children receive whilst they are in-patients in the feeding centre. HelpMadina has also funded a well with a water tower and new toilet and shower facilities.
Prior to discharge it is important for the mothers or carers to be well informed about taking care of the children for when they are back in their villages. Therefore, as well as offering specialist inpatient care, the nursing staff also provide important educational information and support.
With the support of HelpMadina and your generous donations, a brand new feeding centre has been built next to the Mission House and Madina Clinic. This offers improved security for the mothers and children. More secure facilities means that solar lighting and other enhancements have also become possible.
Veronica has taken the lead on this project and is keen to support its expansion.
Our Medical Projects are now supervised by the Medical Director of the Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, Dr Patrick Turay.http://www.hsh-makeni.com/