The NOURISH Programme operates in 3 regions of South West Shoa, Ethiopia. Through the project we have established a therapeutic feeding unit and renovated a children’s ward at St Luke’s Hospital to treat children who were suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). In that time over 1300 children have received lifesaving treatment, their mothers have been taught how to cook nutritious food and the mortality rate of those admitted has fallen by over 25%.
We have trained over 150 health extension workers in raising awareness of nutrition in the community, serving a population of over 200,000 people. The increased awareness in the community has resulted in a reduction of referrals to the Therapeutic Feeding Unit and those that are referred are identified earlier and therefore have a much higher chance of survival.
St Luke’s – Beshala’s Story
Beshala was only 18 months when her concerned father, Jemal, made the long journey to St Luke’s Hospital, Wolisso, Ethiopia to seek treatment for his daughter who was suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). In his owns words Jemal tells us how the combination of the Therapeutic Feeding Unit and the training provided for parents has given his daughter the best chance for a full recovery. Read the Full Story.
Therapeutic Feeding Unit
We have been successful in reaching the 3 year target in 2 years with a reduction in child mortality by 29%. With the help and support of donors and volunteers we can continue to carry out this vital work.