The LFHC staff is ever-vigilant for signs of malnutrition in the children they see.
Last year, more than 150 children were treated for severe or moderate malnutrition and hospital administrators started a follow-up clinic that includes test-feeding (under medical supervision) of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF).
Nearly three tons of RUFT have been imported to ensure an adequate supply of this vital medication for the malnourished children in the region.
The hospital’s therapeutic food program is designed to dramatically reduce the need to hospitalize malnourished children for long periods.
Globally, about 45 percent of the deaths among children under the age of five are linked to poor nutrition, according to a UNICEF article published in October.Read more here.