Malou* is four years old. She first came to the centre three weeks earlier where she presented with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). She has been receiving treatment daily, including therapeutic feeding and monitoring and has gained weight and made significant improvements. Today Malou’s mother brought her back into the centre as she is refusing to eat and has a fever. She was diagnosed with pneumonia and has been kept in the centre for treatment.
In their own words
“I was so worried about her. We previously thought she would die because she was so ill. She was limp and tired, she was so sick that she did not even cry anymore. But you can see she is improving. Here they gave her milk and food and medicines. We did not have any soft food at home to give her. Today I brought her back because she is running a fever. She will not eat her plumpynut and has a runny nose. I can see her behavior is different today. If I can get her some milk she will improve I hope. We came here from our village. We had to walk six hours on foot to come here. We came after all our livestock had died and we had no food or milk for the children. This is the longest drought I have ever seen. Previously it was six months but now it has been two years without proper rain. It affected all of our livestock. So many people from my community also left. There is nothing there for us anymore.”