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Mother & Child Protection Center

Improving the nutritional state of young children

2010 till 2013
Bu / Plateau des Batekes, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Context

The villagers of Bu – Plateau des Bateke suffer from the lack of water, electricity and sanitation facilities. Families do not have sufficient means of subsistence and employment opportunities are non-existent. Women are mostly abandoned by their husbands, who are frequently on the move as part of their charcoal production activities.

A significant number of children and mothers are undernourished and in an alarming health state.

Beneficiaries

Mothers and their young children aged from 0 to 3 years old.

Objective

Nutritional improvement of young children aged from 0 to 3 in the village of Bu, Plateau des Batekes in the DRC.

Results

2011: temporary nutrition center in an existing maternity ward, which was completely refurbished. Approximately 65 severely malnourished children were cared for (fed three times a week, including with locally produced maize meal), and recieved medical examination, vitamins and free care. The weakest mothers were also fed and received nutrition and hygiene advice twice a month.

2012: infants consultations and regular home visits, distribution of balanced meals to sick children, purchase of medicines (with free medical care), awareness-raising for women on hygiene, dietetics, family planning, etc.

2013: construction of a kitchen, a covered cafeteria, and related equipment. Construction of a small fish pond to contribute to the supply of fresh protein in the Center.

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