£40 provides one month of food for a destitute family of up to 3 people >£55 provides one month of food for a destitute family of up to 6 people >£1 a day / £30 monthly provides 1 litre of life-saving milk for a severely malnourished baby >

Four babies moved into the safe ‘green’ category for nutrition after just 2 months of implementing the milk programme, having previously remained in the ‘red’ category of malnutrition for 6 months to 1 year.

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176 destitute people suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition receiving access to food and nutrition every month

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Reduction to risk of sexual abuse due to hunger for vulnerable girls and children within this programme

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One child dies every 13 seconds from hunger

An estimated 14 million children under the age of five worldwide suffer from severe acute malnutrition, also known as severe wasting, yet only 25 percent of acutely malnourished children have access to lifesaving treatment (Action Against Hunger).

Why is the Nutrition Programme needed?

Severe malnutrition is the most life threatening condition that is caused by hunger. One child dies every 13 seconds from hunger or a hunger related disease (Action Against Hunger). If left untreated, over time malnutrition can result in stunting, where children’s growth and development are reduced, making them physically smaller than their age, as well as being more susceptible to illnesses and diseases. Malnutrition does not only affect children, but adults too, particularly those who have suffered from chronic hunger most of their life.

Little Soniya

Little Soniya is a 5 year old girl clinically diagnosed with severe malnutrition. Her mother Neza, a single parent of four children, earns roughly 0.5p a day from hard labour and farming. This is the equivalent of 30p per in a whole month, which does not scratch the surface of her £12 monthly rent. With virtually zero money for food and the daily threat of becoming homeless with four young and starving children, the men around Neza prey on her vulnerability, leaving her no choice but to sell her body for food or money. If nothing is done to help Neza, her children are also at risk of sexual abuse, including little Soniya, whose life hangs in the balance without access to nutrition.

Your donations to this project ensures that not only does 5 year old little Soniya have access to lifesaving treatment and nutrition such as milk, but we also provide her mother and siblings with a monthly food pack so that hunger is one less cause that leaves them vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation.

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The Nutrition Programme in Action

Our nutrition programme exists across a number of the countries where we currently work, to ensure life-saving nutrition and treatment is accessible to all. Your donations to this project will go a long way in ensuring any patient, in any country, has access to life-saving nutritional support.

In Pakistan

In Rwanda

What’s in a nutrition/care package? (note that the packs are tailored to each country and the local diets)

  • Milk - high calories / animal protein is key to helping malnourished patients and their families, particularly babies
  • Sosoma - a mixed grain that provides both calories and protein when mixed with milk, especially as a breakfast
  • Rice - a daily staple providing carbohydrates for energy
  • Beans - an important legume providing protein for growth and development
  • Vegetables - critical in providing a variety of nutrients, vitamins and minerals
  • Eggs - an accessible and versatile form of protein especially when meat/poultry is unavailable

Other items include:

  • Likhuni Phala
  • Peanut butter
  • Lentils
  • Flour
  • Oil
  • Sugar

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