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Malnutrition alert! An emergency appeal…

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Yohane Njirayamanda, 9 months old child admitted to St. Andrew’s hospital for severe anaemia and severe malnutrition form called Kwashiorkor. He got blood transfusion and STAH had to make a special budgetary allocation to prepare an alternative therapeutic feed on top of the breast feeding. STAH needs more support to prepare food for these starving children.

 

 

To all supporters

I have decided simply to send you this moving joint statement from our Chief Clinical Officer, Peter Minjale, and our administrator, Chris Zambira.

It describes a crisis.

Often when we hear of these situations in Africa we feel helpless. What can we do? Will the money really get through?  But Peter and Chris, both so dedicated to the community,  have a plan of action. It needs £5,000 (MK1000 = £1). And every penny will get there.

This money  must be over and above our essential monthly  support for the hospital and orphanage. I know many of you are fully committed and I am very very grateful – but might some supporters be able to respond to this emergency? Or could there be an extra   event e.g.: a ‘hunger lunch’ at your school or college, or even at your Rotary Club? Or a special personal request to someone you know who doesn’t usually give to MM,  but might in this situation of life. Or death.

Stephen

If you can help please send donations either direct to our account:

Barclays   Plymouth Branch   Account ‘Medic Malawi ‘Sort code 20 68 10   a/c 00625833

or to my address:

 2 Raby Crescent Shrewsbury SY37JN

marked ’emergency appeal’

Thank you

This is the letter from Peter and Chris…

Dear Mr Drew,

APPEAL FOR SUPPORT OVER MALNUTRION PROBLEM AROUND ST. ANDREW’S HOSPITAL, KASUNGU DISTRICT MALAWI

Introduction

On behalf of St. Andrew’s hospital (STAH) and all concerned people around the hospital I am shocked to report that due to poor rainfall pattern which hit most parts of Malawi including Kasungu district (where STAH is located) hunger has affected the population around the hospital.

Situation Analysis

This problem has worsened because of poverty which the rural masses around the hospital are facing. The other reason for the worsening is lack of adequate support from major activists in hunger alleviation in the country namely World Food Program (WFP) and UNICEF. This lack of adequate support has been evidenced by shortage of some therapeutic foods in our STAH nutrition rehabilitation unit (NRU).

This year’s malnutrition has affected both children and adults.

The situation has reached alarming levels at St. Andrews as some suffering children have been turned back due to lack of these therapeutic supplements.

A report by our Health Surveillance Assistants (HAS’s) has indicated that there are many more in villages who are not coming out because their parents are opting to stay in the field cultivating rather than getting the sick child to the hospital.

Management Proposal

Having informed you on the above development may I appeal to all well wishers to assist as we need to fight against malnutrition which is among five top killers of children below five years in Malawi.

We propose to carry out two activities in two months (March and April):

  1. Production of an alternative local recipe for nutrition support to suffering children and adults
  2. Carrying out outreaches in the catchment area to flash out all those who are unable to come to the hospital

Implementation Strategy

  1. NRU staff will prepare and help distribute the food to the children and adults
  2. HSA’s will go round the catchment area to do malnutrition assessments  and health education and refer them to St. Andrews for assistance.

Activity 1: Budget- Recipe Production

ITEM

QUANTITY

COST (MK)

AMOUNT (MK)

Maize

2000 kg

280/kg

560,000.00

Soy Beans

1000 kg

450/kg

450,000.00

Beans

1000 kg

450/kg

450,000.00

Groundnuts

1000 kg

650/kg

650,000.00

TOTAL

2,110,000.00

For us at STAH we may need the recipe shown below to feed 150 children and 20 adults in one month:

Activity 2: Budget- HSA’s Outreaches

ITEM

QUANTITY

COST (MK)

AMOUNT (MK)

Transport/Fuel for tricycles

500 litres

800

400,000.00

Lunch Allowance

15 x 12 days

3,000

540,000.00

TOTAL

940,000.00

Grand Total

3,050,000.00

 NOTE: The Health Surveillance Assistants will be using the already available motorbikes to go round the villages in T/A’s Wimbe and Chilowamatambe. This will avoid child deaths occurring due to late coming to the hospital and would save some costs resulting from treating severe malnutrition because of late reporting to the NRU. It is envisaged that a total number of 6000 households would be reached out in two months.

The grand budget for STAH to feed 150 children and about 20 adults in one month and reach out to 6000 households with health assessments and education is Three Million and Fifty Thousand Kwacha.

In two months that we envisage to carry out interventions, the total budget is Six Million One Hundred Thousand Kwacha only (K6,100,000.00)

STAH alone will not achieve this fight against famine unless well wishers rescue us.

May Medic Malawi continue doing your charitable work you are doing in Malawi.

Regards.

Peter and Chris