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.
With an estimated 14 million children under the age of 5 suffering from severe acute malnutrition and shockingly only less than 25% able to access life saving treatment, Doctors Worldwide is committed to ensuring that we are able to help as many children and adults access lifesaving treatment such as nutrition to save lives. Setting up a monthly direct debit means your donations go even further to enable us to provide assistance to more vulnerable patients.Set up a direct debit now >
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.Set up a direct debit and help a family today. >
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.
we have developed a community canteen as part of the DWW Hospital that acts as a hub to identify patients and families suffering from malnutrition and chronic hunger.
we are working with one of the main clinics in Kigali to provide one litre of milk every day to all the babies, children and adults that are clinically diagnosed with malnutrition. In addition, our local partner and team assesses each patient and their situation to develop a tailored package of care that consists of a monthly food pack for the whole family, who are often the silent/unknown patients also suffering from chronic hunger. This also includes providing patients or key members of their family with the means to access vocational courses for as little as £15 (one year course fees).
we identify vulnerable and poor patients with a terminal illness who need palliative care, so we can provide nutritional support for both the patient and their families. Our local partners on the ground are currently working within three different clinics and through mobile teams to screen and assess the most vulnerable patients in great hardship as a result of illness and malnutrition.
What’s in a nutrition/care package? (note that the packs are tailored to each country and the local diets)
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